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Ann Sweeten

ANN SWEETEN
Composer/Concert Pianist/Arranger/Producer

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Musical Achievements:
Steinway Artist
Voting Member of The Recording Academy.

Nominations and Awards include:
ZMR 2015 Music Awards - Best Piano Album w/instrumentation
ZMR 2012 Music Awards - Album of the Year - Compilation
ZMR 2010 Music Awards - Best Instrumental Piano Album
NAR Lifestyle Music Awards 2008 – Best Holiday Album
NAR Lifestyle Music Awards 2007 – Best Instrumental Piano Album
NAR Lifestyle Music Awards 2006 – Best Instrumental Piano Album, Best Cover Art
NAR Lifestyle Music Awards 2004 – Best Neo-Classical Album, Best Cover Art
JPF Music Awards 2004 – Best World Song
ASCAP Popular Awards Recipient : 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

After nearly 20 years of enamoring audiences on the Concert stage and on Radio/Internet Airwaves, Ann Sweeten’s signature style is recognized world-wide and now her new album "Where Butterflies Dance" is without question her most ambitious and successful to date. Will Ackerman, co-producer, had this to say: "There is no greater compliment I can give any musician than to say they have their own artistic voice. They are uniquely themselves and bring something utterly their own to the world. Ann Sweeten is one of those rare musicians. The grace one associates with Ann's performance has been matched by what I believe are the best melodies of her career. At a time when many artists might choose to coast on their notoriety, Ann has raised the bar considerably and we, the listeners, are the beneficiaries of her ambition and skill. Really brilliant."

One of the most decorated pianists of the past decade, with 7 previous albums all ranking in the Top 5 NAR and ZMR Radio Reports, Sweeten is also one of the most played modern instrumentalists in North America. A truly well-rounded individual and artist, Ms. Sweeten is a staunch environmentalist, animal activist and vegetarian. In addition to her Concert and Recording career, she is also a professional actress/singer/dancer with Actor’s Equity Association. Ann Sweeten is herself a Breast Cancer survivor twice over and is involved with the Arts in Healthcare Initiative.

Sweeten’s journey in the performing arts began at the age of 6 in both Music and Ballet in Westfield, NJ. She received a Hammond Organ for Christmas that year after showing interest in keyboards and was soon to master it, though the first year she had to stand to reach the pedals. For her ninth Christmas, she received a Baldwin Piano and soon began intensive study with Russian-born Concert Pianist David Sokoloff. Under his tutelage, she learned to play the music of the great masters. She sites Sokoloff as her greatest mentor, whose influence in developing her technique and in encouraging her musicality, was paramount. All during these years, Sweeten was also dancing the classic ballets (Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty) with a Regional Ballet Company in NJ. A Dean’s list scholar throughout academia, Sweeten earned a B.A. from Smith College in foreign languages, graduating Cum Laude, and continued study in Paris and later at the Boston Conservatory.

Sweeten did a brief two year stint as Female Front and lyricist to the Pop/Rock Band: FALLOUT. Then she began appearing on Cruise Ships, in Cabaret Clubs and Resorts playing and singing a wide range of material including Jazz, Pop, Folk, New Age and Broadway music. Sweeten began composing around 1989 in the midst of her Musical Theatre Career, starring in such roles as Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Sister Amnesia (Nunsense) Miss Mona (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and Velma Kelly (Chicago). When she started introducing her own original material to her setlists, the response was overwhelming. In 1997, Sweeten released her debut album, “Prism”. By Sweeten’s third album, “Reflections” (2000), her music was selling on listening stations at major record chains (Borders Books & Music, Sam Goody’s) weekly by the hundreds. Fans began to write in depth of the effect of Sweeten’s music on their lives, speaking of the music as hope, as giving the power of healing or a way of finding peace. She has stated “the fact that my music touches people so strongly is the greatest reward I receive from my music and I have been moved to tears by the personal stories people have shared with me.” Having written over 100 musical scores to date, Sweeten is also author to all of her albums’ liner notes and is a poet in her own right. In 2008, Steinway and Sons welcomed Sweeten into its prestigious international roster of Steinway Artists, touting her, a true Renaissance woman. www.Annsweeten.com

Media Buzz
"...musical moment of genius...Sweeten's best work so far...It is outstanding." One World Music, 5 Stars

"In addition to Ann's impeccable talents as a pianist, composer and arranger, the unseen but deeply felt, spiritual dimension that she brings to her music takes her elegant compositions to another level altogether. This latest release by Ann Sweeten, like the butterfly itself, is a thing of delicate beauty in motion symbolizing grace, transformation, and renewal. After 12 albums, Ann's music continues to evolve into greater and greater levels of refinement and creative expression. .... an inspired work of art from one of the genre's premier pianists." Music and Media Focus, 5 Stars

...a thoroughly outstanding album...Deeply passionate about the environment and its many afflictions, Ann so eloquently conveys a message of environmental awareness through her music, expressing her passion with originality, sentimentality and immaculate beauty." Journeyscapes, 5 Stars

"Ann’s piano playing is gorgeous throughout this album, that is the best way to explain it. There is a flow and natural rhythm like what mother earth so generously gives us all. A heartbeat of life that pulsates, ebbs and flows like the tides of the sea, the music will capture you as you fall into it without even knowing it. ....magical."
New Age Music Reviews, 5 Stars

"Sweeten's music is always warm and lyrical reflecting her love of nature, staunch environmentalism and animal activism. Ann Sweeten's efforts to change the world with her music are both commendable and compelling...elegant and graceful...achingly beautiful." MainlyPiano.com, 5 Stars


“…a showcase for the skills that have elevated Ann Sweeten to such lofty musical heights. Her music is both contemplative and emotionally evocative, providing a world-class listening experience.” Awareness Magazine

“Ann Sweeten is one musician widely recognized for her classic style, setting a high standard in quality among pianists..richness and depth I rarely hear.” New Age Music World

“Outstanding album!” Boston Post-Gazette

“Elegant, mellow grand piano music…The music bears hints of the musical masters’ phrasing…a blessing of sound.”
The Phoenix

“Stylish and sophisticated, Ann Sweeten has always presented a fine mix of New Age music with her well-rooted classical themes..simmering with splendor.” Solopianopublications.com

“An exceptional album….in a few words, gorgeous and emotionally powerful…” Mainlypiano.com

“…gorgeous performances..a true maestro at work.” The RajMan Review

“In my opinion Ann is among the best performing pianists on the planet today.” MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Zzaj Productions

“A delicate jewel in a Renaissance background…outstanding technique…No wonder her previous “piano offerings” have been consoling and almost aurally healing thousands of hearts so far. Brilliant!” Nuovi Talenti Musicali

“..beauty incarnate…a joy to hear” 5 STARS Muzikreviews.com

“elegant music…exquisite piano artistry..” 5 STARS Music and Media Focus

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