Pianist Lois Svard has received critical acclaim for her performances and recordings of contemporary piano music. She has premiered more than a dozen works written specifically for her and has recorded for both Lovely Music, Inc., and Innovera Studios. Fanfare magazine wrote: “Svard’s performance impresses … as so in keeping with the music’s soul as to sound a syncretic marvel.” Her DVD of Annea Lockwood’s prepared piano work Ear-Walking Woman has been called “fascinating,” “irresistible,” “full of subtleties,” and “a superb way to experience Lockwood’s work.”
Svard has performed as a soloist at festivals and on concert series across the United States and in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Her performances often celebrate the avant-garde in piano music, whether in the music of Franz Liszt in the nineteenth century, or in more recent works using multimedia, prepared piano, digital keyboard or microtonal tunings.
Svard is also known for her work in applying current neuroscience research to the study and performance of music. Results of her work have been presented at major teaching hospitals, at national science conferences such as the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Neuroscience, and the Performing Arts Medical Association, and at national and international music conferences such as the International Society for Music Education in Thessaloniki, Beijing, and Glasgow, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the European Piano Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association.
Her blog, The Musician’s Brain, has introduced readers in more than 120 countries to some of the latest research in neuroscience and music. Her forthcoming book, The Musical Brain: what students, teachers, and performers need to know, explores the application of recent discoveries in neuroscience to the teaching studio, the practice room, the concert stage, and the community. To be published soon by Oxford University Press.
Svard is Professor of Music Emerita and former chair of the Music Department at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, where she received the 2007 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the 2014 Artistic Achievement Award. She received her D.M.A. in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.