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“Virtuosity, magic and humor”
New York Times
Photo © Steve J. Sherman
Next Solo Concert:
Friday, December 6
A Theremin Soirée
Piano on Park, NYC
Big Ears Festival:
Thu., Mar. 26th, 2020—Sun., Mar. 29th, 2020
Theremin Noir at the Big Ears Festival
Gilmore Keyboard Festival:
Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
Rob will play piano, theremin, and Haken Continuum
at the 2020 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival
new! TOP TEN! Heart of Hearing makes Slate's Best Jazz of 2019 list (December 5, 2019).
Lucid Culture has a new review of the concert at Greenwich House Music School by Theremin Noir, the trio of Rob Schwimmer, Uri Caine, and Mark Feldman (10/11/2019).
Rob Schwimmer discusses the theremin on the podcast Play Morricone For Me (first broadcast 10/3/2019)
Read a review of Rob's Heart of Hearing by Fred Kaplan in Stereophile (August 2019)
Read a review of Rob's Heart of Hearing by Stuart Kremsky at Mr. Stu's Record Room
"For anyone who thinks the magical properties of 88 keys are pretty well exhausted, Rob Schwimmer's Heart of Hearing may come as something of a revelation. This is piano music that creates its own field, neither jazz nor classical nor pop, and with a touch of Theremin to boot. The fusion of virtuosity and originality is by turns exhilarating and moving, no less so in his treatment of standards than in his originals, all of it invoking a dazzling clarity of purpose." – Gary Giddins, distinguished jazz writer/critic/reviewer
Rob played Continuum on Esperanza Spalding's new 12 Little Spells album.
Rob on HBO John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight"
Rob talks about the Theremin on the documentary podcast at Twenty Thousand Hertz .
Heart of Hearing "Kooky, crazy, terrifying and gorgeous!" Mark Morris – Acclaimed Choreographer, Director, Dancer
Heart of Hearing "Absolutely stunning" All About Jazz/Mondo Jazz Podcast July 2018
Great review of Heart of Hearing by Allan Kozinn in San Francisco Classical Voice 7/20/2018.
Added a new version of Wolfgang Erich Korngold op. 18 #1 from Three Songs on Youtube
Added two more drawings of Rob by artist Yoomi Kim Brown.
Review of Heart of Hearing by Greg Buium in Point of Departure.
Praise for Heart of Hearing from Michael Feinstein, Cooper-Moore, and Yuka Honda.
LA Times review of Pepperland featuring Rob Schwimmer on theremin.
Posted two beautiful drawings of Rob by artist Yoomi Kim Brown.
Rob played the Haken Continuum with Wyclef Jean on the premiere of Action Bronson's TV show.
The Haken Continuum Trio plays Arvo Pärt at ContinuuCon 2017
The Haken Continuum Trio plays Bach at ContinuuCon 2017
Reviews of Mark Morris Dance Group's "Pepperland" feat. Rob Schwimmer on the theremin
Reviews of Gotye's Ondioline Orchestra at Moogfest
Rob Schwimmer: Holding You in My Arms
Mr. Joy: A Celebration of Paul Bley in the New York City Jazz Record February 2016 (page 4, PDF)
Mr. Joy: A Celebration of Paul Bley in the New York Times (2/5/2016)
On Friday, October 30th Rob Schwimmer will be featured on the Theremin at the Boston Pops' world premiere of the new symphonic score for F.W. Murnau's silent classic Nosferatu.
Sean Michaels wrote a book called Us Conductors based on Leon Theremin's life, which just won the Giller Prize. Rob played a few pieces when he was doing his book reading last summer at GreenLight Books over on Fulton in Brooklyn as you can read in his article for The Wire
Great quality video of Scene d'Amour from Vertigo at Joe's Pub (Halloween 2014)
"Rob Schwimmer on NPR's Song Travels" with Michael Feinstein (rebroadcast, Sunday, October 26 2014 at 6 pm on Classical Stations or 2 pm on News Stations)
Rob Schwimmer's solo piano version of "Stormy Weather" at Said the Gramophone (9/15/14)
"My First Theremin" Rob Schwimmer in Keyboard Magazine (August 2014)
Pioneer Works concert video. Sets by Dorit Chrysler and Rob Schwimmer, and the 12-theremin NY Theremin Society Orchestra (3/29/20014)
NY Theremin Society
NY Theremin Society
For the Theremin, Music Lessons Are Hands-Off Wall Street Journal (3/26/2014)
Making Music From Thin Air Wall Street Journal Photo Gallery (3/26/2014)
Electric dreams The Brooklyn Paper (3/26/2014)
Rob Schwimmer plays Eric Clapton's "Steppin' Out" on the Haken Continuum. YouTube (1/5/2014)
Rob Schwimmer plays Scriabin's "Feuillet d'Album" on the Haken Continuum. YouTube (7/14/2013)
CBS Sunday Morning video on YouTube (10/27/2013)
Rob Schwimmer interview and footage from the last NY Theremin Society concert (CBS Sunday Morning October 27th.)
The Invisible Instrument: NY Theremin Society at witf.com
The New York Theremin Society at Bucknell University 10/30/2013
CNN article on "pianos of the future" including Rob Schwimmer on the Haken Fingerboard Continuum
"Rob Schwimmer on NPR's Song Travels with Michael Feinstein 8/23/2013"
"Rob Schwimmer on Theremin at Bargemusic": Review in the New York Times 5/27/2013
John Hammel of the Mozart to Motorhead Radio Show writes of Rob Schwimmer: "...beneath that unpretentious exterior there is a master of his instrument and an artist of supreme insight and sensitivity." Read the whole review of the NY Theremin Society concert.
Simon and Garfunkel--The Boxer (Rob Schwimmer--theremin)
Theremin and Orchestra--Bernard Herrmann's Scene d'Amour from Hitchcock's Vertigo (Rob Schwimmer--theremin)
Polygraph Lounge Family Concert at Carnegie Hall 4/21/2013
The NY Theremin Society at Joe's Pub 3/27/2013
WQXR Bach Lounge 3/24/2013
"CONTINUUM" for Haken Continuum Fingerboard played by Rob Schwimmer (New Version)
I played theremin, clavioline, piano, organ and celeste on the video Land of Nod from Trey Anastasio's latest CD
Solo Concerts at the Old Stone House (Park Slope) on 3/15 and 3/17/2013
The Zmiros Project at the Thalia on 2/6/2013, Rob Schwimmer with Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg
Special Bucknell University performance March 6th
Polygraph Lounge at Joe's Pub on 2/19/2013
Read the New York Times review of Bargemusic's Here and Now Labor Day Festival
Listen to Trey Anastasio's Scabbard (from his new CD "Traveler") with Rob Schwimmer on piano, celeste, vibes, clavioline and combo organ
New Continuum video: Rob Schwimmer plays The Beatles' "Because" on the Haken Continuum (YouTube)
Beck vs Rachmaninoff on the Haken Continuum Fingerboard played by Rob Schwimmer (YouTube)
Rob Schwimmer on Colorado Public Radio
Rob Schwimmer's BreakThruRadio interview
Rob Schwimmer played at the WQXR Celebration of Bernard Herrmann's 100th Birthday
Three videos of Rob Schwimmer's theremin demonstrations at Caramoor on September 21, 2010.
Rob Schwimmer playing Christian Marclay's Chalkboard at the Whitney 9/12/10 (Flash video).
Rob Schwimmer and his theremin will appear on PBS's History Detectives on Monday, June 28th at 9pm ET/8pm CT.
The New Yorker called Rob Schwimmer a "Theremin hero". June 2010.
"Beyond The Sky" was featured on NPR's Morning Edition on March 31, 2010.
WQXR played Waltz for Clara from "Beyond The Sky" on Monday, March 8, 2010
NEW VIDEOS on the Music Page
Back from tour with Simon and Garfunkel this summer in New Zealand, Australia and Japan!
Rob Schwimmer played theremin on the sci fi movie Alien Trespass, now out on DVD
Beyond The Sky was featured on WNYC on March 8 and April 11, 2009
Listen to Rob Schwimmer play the theremin on "Spinning On Air" WNYC Radio (10/26/2008)
Concert Review --All About Jazz 9/12/08
"Freeheld" 2008 Academy Award Winner (composer)
"Extraordinary...harmonically ravishing...a dazzling two-handed ostinato-based piece where Oscar Peterson and Sergei Prokofiev break bread... a most stimulating release that stays fresh after countless rehearings" – Gramophone January '08
"Shaping up to be the finest solo piano CD of the year... Once in a great while in the musical incubator of the NYC downtown club scene, a truly musically sophisticated work with broad appeal emerges as if from nowhere... Short pieces and miniatures display dazzling technique and use brevity to enhance their passion. His complete mastery of dynamics and transition remind of how that which is left unsaid can be delicately powerful, with achingly beautiful quiet passages deftly contrasted with forte." – Elliott Simon; All About Jazz--New York
"Dancing easily between both (classical and jazz) worlds ... machine-gun speed and clarity ... dense, rhythmically involving work ... unequivocally classical pieces... Mr. Schwimmer draws on the kind of dark harmonies more typical in Frederic Rzewski's concert music than in jazz ... crisp, disciplined keyboard technique that thrives best in rhythmically complex and coloristically varied music..." – Allan Kozinn; The Sunday New York Times, Arts & Leisure section
"Utterly unique ... Virtuoso in the extreme ... One of a kind ... Such great surprises! The structures are so thoughtful and complete ... I couldn't wait to hear the next track ... The most imaginative version of Stormy Weather I've ever heard ... The world deserves to hear you!" (Beyond the Sky) – Leonid Hambro; renowned classical pianist/ competition judge
"Substantial artistry...a genuinely impressive sense of structure (in his compositions) with a jazz-fueled spontaneity and an ear for instantly memorable melodies in these clever, attractive miniatures...an original, compelling voice...a vivid imagination that recognizes no borders." – Steve Smith; Time Out New York
"Legendary keyboard talents ... astonishing artistry ... amazing pianistic skills, incredible improv abilities, compositional brilliance, and theremin chops. This is exquisitely beautiful music." – Ernie Rideout; Keyboard
"Brainy and dreamy" – Charlene Baldridge; San Diego News
"Beyond the Sky is fantastic. In every way ... writing, playing and pianistically. Dynamically. Lyrically. I could go on. Congratulations. You're killin', man!" – Michael Brecker; Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist/ composer
"Meaningful, intelligent and evocative music--Not to mention great piano playing!" – Paul Simon
"Not only is Rob Schwimmer one of my first call piano players, he's also a great artist in his own right. His compositions, technique and interpretation all come together on Beyond The Sky —Some of the best piano playing I've ever heard!" – Arif Mardin; legendary producer/arranger, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
"(One of) downtown's best piano talents" – The New Yorker
"With Schwimmer, more is more" – Jazziz
"Theremin master" – The New York Times
Rob interviewed on WNYC by David Garland