Concert Pianist/Composer/Arranger/Producer
Genre: New Age, Pop Classical, Contemporary Instrumental/Classical Crossover
ASCAP POPULAR AWARDS RECIPIENT 2002-2014, 2016, 2018
ZMR MUSIC AWARDS 2012 – Album of the Year (Compilation)
Eleven-Time Music Awards Nominee

“The Further Evolution from a pianist who has always delivered musical brilliance.”

Will Ackerman

Founder, Windham Hill Records

“Sweeten has vanquished cancer twice and now is faced with a third go round.  With the spirit she imbues her new age/contemporary instrumental piano playing with and the friends that are gathered here around her, you can hear and feel why this is the kind of set that could reignite new age back into the mainstream, this is the kind of quality music that Duke Ellington would refuse to label.  Simply as good as it gets.”

Midwest Record

Ann Sweeten’s newest offering, Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow, is a tour de force of emotion, technical prowess and prodigious composition. Standout guest musicians include:   Nancy Rumbel (English Horn), Eugene Friesen (Cello), Charlie Bisharat (Violin), Premik Russell Tubbs (Soprano Saxophone, Trisha Craig (Flute).   During the album’s conception Ann was diagnosed with Leukemia. Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow refers to the time before diagnosis, and then to the horizon, beyond the immediate, with hope for the future. The liner notes in entirety are a must read.

In Ann’s own words:

“I have never needed a wake-up call in life thru diagnosis or event, as I have always felt so very present and awake, but this third diagnosis has dropped me to my knees, and in a way I can’t explain, the world is different, my life is different, my reactions are different, my patience is greater, my capacity for forgiveness as well. Life itself seems so fragile that I hold it like a wounded bird, so that it may grow well within my care and fly free again, carrying music on its wing.”

Reviewers’ Praise

“Some artists just have that something extra kind of special sauce that puts them in a category all their own, and Sweeten is at the head of that class… bar-raising instrumental music that hits the target as squarely as possible…Killer stuff…”

Midwest Record

“Longtime champion pianist, Ann Sweeten has turned out a spectacular list of quality recordings for the past 20 years. Few New Agers even stick around two decades, much less keep the level of quality that high. Her original compositions are always melodious and interesting and entertaining. An amazing artist who rightly resides at the pinnacle of both New Age music but also Modern Piano performance. If you want the best, have a helping of this.”

Buzz Music

“Ann Sweeten is an excellent pianist as she has demonstrated time and again on album after album that have consistently risen to the upper echelons of the main New Age airplay chart around the world. There have been a whole bunch of solo piano artists on the New Age music scene over the past 20 years, but few approach the competency, talent, exquisite touch, melodic sensibilities and verve of Ann Sweeten.”

Magle International Music Forums

“Ann Sweeten is one of the top pianists to emerge in the past 20 years. …there have been many New Age pianists who have burst forth and gone, but few have come along as talented as Ann Sweeten, who has continued to put out quality original piano material time and again, and those albums have consistently placed in the Top 5 on the International Zone Music Reporter Chart. …Ann Sweeten is one of the best piano talents we have. Quality, like cream, rises to the top. Skim off some of this bliss.”

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