Summer Swee-Singh is a classically trained, award-winning pianist / keyboardist, music arranger, composer, backing vocalist, string contractor, ensemble leader, music director, and music educator. Masterful in a variety of genres, the UC Berkeley alumna performs classical, rock, pop, hip-hop, electronic, indie, rap, reggae, neo-soul, funk, and more, as a solo pianist as well as backing touring and session musician. She occasionally dabbles on flute and violin as well. Having performed with artists at famed venues including Fenway Park (Boston), Rogers Center (Toronto, ON), T-Mobile Center (Kansas City), Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago (Tinley Park), Rice-Eccles Stadium (Salt Lake City), Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas), Banc of California Stadium (Los Angeles), The Shrine Expo Hall (Los Angeles), Terminal 5 (New York City), World Expo 2020 – Dubai (December 2021, UAE), Snapdragon Stadium (San Diego), and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, for live audiences up to 55,000 people, her studio/touring credits as a pianist/keyboardist, arranger (strings/keys/orchestral), composer, string contractor, flutist, and/or backing vocalist include the likes of Polyphia, Anthony Green, Chon, KSHMR, Circa Survive, Bebe Rexha, Chief Keef, Roddy Ricch, Gashi, Keiynan Lonsdale, Kings Elliot, Naia Izumi, Mothé, Until the Ribbon Breaks, Alex Siegel, Thunder Jackson, Alexandra Shipp, Love, Alexa, Psychic Barber, Dayseeker, and more. She has had many of her instrumental arrangements and compositions reposted and/or praised by the likes of Skrillex, Anthony Green, Ed Banger Records, Polyphia, Mike Sapone, Campa (of the Cataracs), Steinway & Sons, Dustin Kensrue, Arnold Schwarzenegger, MainlyPiano, Audiomack, Buzzfeed, The Daily What, and more, resulting in Summer amassing an impressive number of YouTube video views and followers on her various social media profiles, from her self-produced videos. She’s additionally been interviewed by LA Weekly, Pianist Magazine, Pianote, Voyage LA, Shoutout LA, etc. and was featured in a Jubilee video titled “Musicians Rank Themselves by Talent” which then received coverage from the likes of TwoSetViolin and ImDontai.
Summer also founded and leads an all-female ethnically-diverse piano and string ensemble (as its sole pianist and string arranger/composer), called “Summer Swee-Singh & the Heartstrings”, comprised of a rotating roster of top-notch string players based in LA, NYC, and ATX, and herself; she and her ensemble can be hired for studio work, music videos, and tours / live one-off performance, working directly with the artist, producers, or management. Summer is additionally the co-founder, music director, pianist/keyboardist and orchestral arranger + string contractor for JAMS, an all-female backing band super group comprised of Jessica Burdeaux (drums), Anna Sentina (bass), Maru Martinez (guitar), and Summer Swee-Singh.
Having performed as a soloist for crowds up to 10,000 people and having been interviewed and featured in LA Weekly (2012), Summer has become known a modern master of both performance and arranging–especially arranging medleys. She is also known as the “Piano DJ” because of her ability to seamlessly transition from piece to piece and genre to genre on the piano, much like a live DJ set. Aside from writing arrangements and performing, Summer discovered her love for composing in 2016. As a composer, Summer has been praised by the likes of Richard Clayderman, Carlos Rafael Rivera, Jonathan Estabrooks (Host of Classical Crossover Radio International), Joachim Horsley, and Kathy Parsons of Mainly Piano, among others. In 2016, Summer released her debut, piano-driven album of original pieces titled “Summer Swee-Singh & the Crazy 88”, and in 2017, she released her first professional music video for her composition “JFN (with Prelude)”. She released a collaborative album with Anthony Green in 2019, titled “Would You Still Be With Strings (feat. Summer Swee-Singh)”. Summer’s unique background, innate melodic sense, and passion for her work shine through in every note she plays and every melody she composes.
In December 2019, Summer announced that she and drummer Jessica Burdeaux started an original band called grp. They have since released four singles to date–“Willow Tree”, “Storm”, “At Dusk”, and “Tiny Pumpkin (ft. Anna Sentina)” and are expecting to release their debut album in late 2023. They played their debut show opening for Covet at the El Rey Theatre in June 2022.
A music-adjacent project, Summer additionally founded and runs the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Musicians blog and its corresponding Instagram; the blog website and Instagram account launched in May 2021 to kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). Since then she has interviewed 70+ professional AAPI musicians, music creators, and touring professionals to feature–highlighting the stories and music of different AAPI artists, studio and touring musicians, composers, producers, and engineers in hopes to further representation and build a recognizable, collaborative, progressive, and inspiring AAPI community within the music industry.
Summer also was a NEXT Class of 2021 program participant and additionally mentored for Diversify the Stage in 2021. Summer was awarded the Young Alumni Rising Star Award by The Webb Schools in 2022.