Pianist Lois Svard has received critical acclaim for her performances and recordings of contemporary piano music.  She has premiered more than a dozen works written specifically for her and has recorded for both Lovely Music, Inc., and Innovera Studios.  Fanfare magazine wrote: “Svard’s performance impresses. . . as so in keeping with the music’s soul as to sound a syncretic marvel.”  Her DVD of Annea Lockwood’s prepared piano work Ear-Walking Woman has been called “fascinating,” “irresistible, “full of subtleties,” and” a superb way to experience Lockwood’s work.”

Photo by Julie Louisa Hagenbuch

Svard has performed as a soloist at festivals and on concert series across the United States and in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.  Her performances often celebrate the avant-garde in piano music, whether in the music of Franz Liszt in the nineteenth century, or in more recent works using multimedia, prepared piano, digital keyboard or microtonal tunings.

Svard is also known for her work in applying current neuroscience research to the study and performance of music.  Results of her work have been presented at national science conferences such as the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and the Performing Arts Medical Association, and at national and international music conferences and meetings such as the International Society for Music Education (Thessaloniki, Beijing, and Glasgow), the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in London, the European Piano Teachers Association in Amsterdam, the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations in Halifax and Winnipeg, and the Music Teachers National Association in multiple US cities.  

Her blog The Musician’s Brain has introduced readers in more than 120 countries to some of the latest research in neuroscience and music.  Her  book The Musical Brain: what students, teachers, and performers need to know, recently released by Oxford University Press, explores the application of recent discoveries in neuroscience to the teaching studio, the practice room, the concert stage, and the community.  

Svard is Professor of Music Emerita and former chair of the Music Department at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, where she received the 2007 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the 2014 Artistic Achievement Award.  She received her D.M.A. in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University where she studied with pianist Ann Schein.  

Details on recordings and performances will be coming soon.

“Svard played with an emotionality that many pianists bring to Brahms, but not to post-Cage repertoire.”

— Village Voice