Adam Swanson

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Adam Swanson, from Shenandoah, Iowa, is rapidly becoming known as one of the world’s foremost performers and historians of American ragtime. He discovered ragtime on his grandparents’ Web-TV and has played the piano for eleven years. Swanson has been a featured performer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and in 2007 he appeared alongside John Arpin at the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in the Republic of Hungary. In May of 2008, Swanson became the youngest-ever pianist to win the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest held in Peoria, Illinois.

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