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ADAM SWANSON, who lives in the small town of Shenandoah, Iowa, is rapidly becoming known as one of the world’s foremost performers and historians of ragtime and early American popular music. Although he is only twenty years old, he has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States.

Adam is the youngest winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest, held in Peoria, Illinois. In 2007, he appeared alongside the late John Arpin at the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in the Republic of Hungary and has also toured Switzerland. Adam has played for renowned Disney/Hollywood composer Richard M. Sherman (Mary Poppins, etc.), as well as noted film critic and historian Leonard Maltin.

Adam made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, where he performed with multi-platinum-selling artist Michael Feinstein. Recently, Adam has recorded albums with legendary 1950s piano star Johnny Maddox, pianist Frederick Hodges of the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, former rock star and ragtime entertainer Ian Whitcomb, and even a western swing album. Adam performs every summer in the Diamond Belle Saloon at the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado.

Adam has studied piano with Waleed Howrani of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory and is currently in his second year of college under the tutelage of Dr. Lisa Campi, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.

Adam is also an avid rail-fan, collects antique sheet music, records, and piano rolls. His CDs are available at You can find more on Adam and his appearances at

Adam began competing at the World Championship in 2003 in the Junior Division, winning in 2003, 2004, and 2006. He placed second in 2005. He was moved up to the Regular Division in 2007, placing 5th, and he become the youngest to ever win the contest in 2008.




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