Rob Schwimmer's latest touring program, Heart of Hearing, includes stunning originals, his unique take on the Great American Songbook through jazz, Americana, and even Bernard Herrmann’s iconic "Scene d’Amour" from Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

A veteran player who has worked with beloved legends like Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel, Wayne Shorter, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as celebrated young contemporary artists such as Esperanza Spalding and Gotye, Schwimmer leads us on an organic and musically rich journey from the pensive to the thrilling, with many musical ports of call in between.

Classical, the avant-garde and the unclassifiable (with palate cleansing miniatures as a sort of sonic ginger) are also represented, filtered through Schwimmer’s personal, touching and sometimes virtuosic vision of the sound world. As you might guess coming from a synesthetic youngster (his favorite note was low G on the piano which showed up as navy blue, his favorite color from Crayola 64), Schwimmer’s outlook on sound could be described as a world of finely distinguished hue and shade. 

Schwimmer boasts a unique instrumental triple threat: piano, theremin (represented by a stunning  and haunting take on Kurt Weill’s "Lost In The Stars" as an elegy to a departed friend), and an amazing new instrument called the Haken Continuum, which raises electronic expression into the realm of the immediacy and depth of what has previously been the domain of only acoustic instruments. Heart of Hearing is a deeply artistic and enjoyable journey of musical discovery and adventure.

"Virtuosity, magic and humor."

The New York Times

Photo by Steve J. Sherman. Download hi-res version here.

Photo by Steve J. Sherman. Download hi-res version here.

Photo by Steve J. Sherman. Download hi-res version here.

Photo by Steve J. Sherman. Download hi-res version here.

"Extraordinary... lyrical, harmonically ravishing... entertaining and virtuoso... Schwimmer doesn't hide his thousand and one influences, yet he's never a slave to them, by virtue of his innate musicality and fertile, inventive mind."


"I was bowled over by Rob’s musical prowess. People use the word “humbled” a bit too often for my taste, but that is what I felt: humbled. Rob is a master of the 88s — and a fine composer... a breathtaking musician."

Steven Blier, New York Festival of Song

Audio: Rob Schwimmer "My Funny Valentine" Live on NPR Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

Audio: Rob Schwimmer "Träume" on NPR Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

"Rob is that rare combination of superb, creative, exciting and impeccable musicianship. He is a fine talent and vastly entertaining, combining eclectic musical styles and bringing the Theremin well into the 21st Century. There is no one like him."

Michael Feinstein, NPR Song Travels

"Exquisitely beautiful music, worthy of deep listening."

Keyboard Magazine

Special Halloween concert at Joe's Pub - Bernard Hermann's "Scene d'Amour" from Vertigo: