Celia Swart

Vision on teaching

With a focus on composition, I find it interesting to guide students to find and shape their own musical and interdisciplinary identity.

 In my own works I like to build a complete musical sound world from a few music materials and a simple but strong concept, where with these building blocks I can work out and develop each layer within the work.

 I’d like to show students that within a composition or multimedia work, everything can be interconnected and have correlations with one another. That being musical material in itself, music and visuals but also the performers on stage can be treated as a visual medium in itself.


After completing her bachelor degree in composition (2018) from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she has studied with Yannis Kyriakides, Guus Janssen, Peter Adriaansz and Diderik Wagenaar, she has written compositions for orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra and ensembles such as Nieuw Ensemble and Kluster5. She also plays and writes music for her own modern jazz group SWART., which released the debut album Lost In in October 2018.

Her works embody abstract, yet narrative-driven and with a touch of minimalism elements. A sound world that manifests harmonic colors and melodical expression is reflected in her visual media as well.

Her animated visuals are a blend of stop-motion, rotoscope animation as well as live-action and photography imagery, and give the multimedia works an in-between experience of realism and imagination.

Earlier this year, she has won the Keep an Eye Production Price Award 2021, for her new multimedia production for Festival Wonderfeel. In 2018 she was nominated for the Tera de Marez Oyens Award for her composition Boven Hoge Gebouwen (written for Kluster5) and in 2019 she received for her work In My Web ‘’recommended work’’ at the International Rostrum of Composers 2019 (Argentina).

Her music has been played at venues and festivals like Bang on a Can Loud Weekend (USA), Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Bimhuis, TivoliVredenburg and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK) and is broadcasted on radio and TV like NPO Radio4, BBC Radio3 (UK) and NPO1 Vrije Geluiden.

Currently she is working on a new 30-minute multimedia piece for Lipstick Percussion duo that will premiere in July 2021.

More information see https://www.celia-swart.com/

Ambience photo Fontys

Foto: Karmit Fadael