Rob Schwimmer is a composer-pianist and thereminist who has performed and recorded throughout the world. His compositions have been featured in theater, television series and movies, documentaries and feature films including the Academy Award Winners "Freeheld and "Dear Diary." His recent solo CD "Beyond The Sky" was hailed as "Extraordinary" in Gramophone and as "Shaping up to be the finest solo piano CD of the year" in All About Jazz-NY.
Rob is a founding member of the highly acclaimed Polygraph Lounge music and comedy duo with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart. Schwimmer has worked/ played with Simon and Garfunkel (most recently at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary show where he was the featured theremin soloist on "The Boxer"), Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bobby McFerrin, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Adam Guettel, Chaka Khan, Laurie Anderson, Bette Midler, T-Bone Walker, Sam Rivers, Marc Shaiman, The Klezmatics, Matthew Barney, Ang Lee, Bela Fleck, David Krakauer, Mary Cleere Haran, Maria Schneider, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kepa Junkera, Marshall Brickman, Michel Gondry, Josh Groban, Christian Marclay, Queen Latifah, Dispatch, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, The Philistines Jr, Mabou Mines, Geoffrey Holder, John Cale, Steve Buscemi, Theo Bleckmann, Annette Peacock, John Stubblefield, Burt Bacharach, Edie Brickell, Iva Bittova, Arif Mardin, Teo Macero, Hal Willner, Vernon Reid, The Everly Brothers, Ethel, The Roches, Anjani Thomas, Kurt Vonnegut, Odetta, James Emery, Drepung Loseling Tibetan Monks, Joseph Jarman, Alwin Nikolai/ Murray Louis Dance Company, Henry Jaglom, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Fred Anderson, Marc Ribot, C&C Music Factory and Sammy Davis Jr.
Hailed as a "theremin hero" in The New Yorker, Rob is one of the few theremin virtuosos in the world, performing as featured theremin soloist with The Orchestra of St. Luke's playing Rob's own version of Bernard Herrmann's "Scene d'Amour" from Vertigo at Caramoor, NPR TV's History Detectives, Matthew Barney's epic movie Cremaster 3, R.W. Goodwin's movie (producer/director/writer of X-Files) Alien Trespass, CBS television series Now and Again and A&E's Breakfast With the Arts (as well as giving Sara Fishko a theremin lesson on the nationally broadcast Studio 360 on NPR). Touted as a "Theremin master" by The New York Times, he is an original member of the NY Theremin Society and was one of the chosen participants in the historic 10 Piece Theremin Orchestra at Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Rob recently premiered his 23 minute work "Pellucid Dream(s) for Theremin" which was commissioned by The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Rob's other appearances as theremin soloist with orchestras include The Little Orchestra (Lincoln Center); the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (Yale); and Red, An Orchestra (Cleveland.) His previous CD "Theremin Noir" featured pianist Uri Caine and violinist Mark Feldman. Other collaborations include The Zmiros Project (CD) with Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg of The Klezmatics.
He has played from Madison Square Garden to the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), from The Blue Note to CBGB's, from Krakow to Canberra, from Carnegie Hall to the Tokyo Dome, and the Colosseum (Rome) before a crowd of over 600,000.
Schwimmer's work can be heard on CBS/Sony, Warner Brothers, Toshiba/ EMI, Def Jam/ Island, Manhattan/Blue Note, Dorian, NHK, Capricorn, Evidence, Knitting Factory, Polystar, Traditional Crossroads, Dreamworks SKG, Universal Pictures, TriStar Pictures, HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, CBS, NBC, ABC, Discovery, Lifetime, Noggin, A&E, NPR and Nickelodeon.
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