Lucia Swarts studied under Anner Bijlsma and Lidewij Scheifes at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where she attained her Performing Musician diploma in 1982. In the year of her final exams, she gave her debut recital in the Kleine Zaal at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, as a prizewinner in the ‘New Vintage’ series for talented young musicians.
Apart from her appearances as a soloist, she has devoted considerable time and effort to playing music from every period of musical history in a wide range of chamber music settings, using instruments appropriate to the period. As well as the modern cello, she also plays the viola da spalla, baroque cello, basse de violon and cello piccolo. These last three instruments can be heard on this CD.
While early music has a special place in her affections, she does not confine herself to playing historical cello, but also performs romantic and contemporary repertoire.
She has a great love for Bach and is convinced of the major influence of Bach’s music on later composers including Beethoven, Reger, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Gubaidulina.
Since 1983, Lucia has been principal cellist in the baroque orchestra of the Netherlands Bach Society and she also plays in the Residentie Bach Ensemble and Tulipa Consort. Lucia performed with the Asko|Schönberg ensemble from 1983 until 2017. She has been involved in many recordings with these ensembles and conductors including Reinbert de Leeuw, Oliver Knussen, Gustav Leonhard, Jos van Veldhoven and Sigiswald Kuijken.