Celia Swart (1994, Vlissingen) is a Dutch contemporary music composer and a modern jazz saxophonist.
By playing the saxophone since the age of nine, Celia has been surrounded by pop, jazz and classical music. Growing up, she has played in pop/jazz bands, a big band and a harmony orchestra. Around the age of 14 she took piano lessons and found her love for composing.
In 2018 Celia completed her bachelor degree in composition at the Royal conservatory in The Hague, where she has studied with Guus Janssen, Martijn Padding, Peter Adriaansz, Diderik Wagenaar and John Ruocco.
In the past years she has written compositions for orchestras like the Residentie Orchestra and ensembles like Ricciotti Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Herz Ensemble and Kluster5. Her music has been played at venues and festivals like Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, TivoliVredenburg and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. She also plays and writes music for her own modern jazz group SWART, who released their debut album ‘Lost In’ in October 2018.
Her music has a lot of narrative- and film influences, and has been used for short movies and documentaries. She also makes her own films with her drawings and compositions.
In 2018 she was nominated for the Tera de Marez Oyens Award for her composition Boven Hoge Gebouwen, which was written for Kluster5.