Summer Swee-Singh is a composer, music arranger, pianist, keyboardist, string contractor, music director, backing vocalist, and music educator based out of Orange County & Los Angeles County. At the age of twelve, Summer became the youngest person to pass the Level 5 Yamaha Music School’s piano performance and theory examination which earned her a Yamaha Music School Teaching Credential. She was both a violinist and pianist in high school as a part of The Webb Schools’ Honors String Sinfonia and was the official Vivian Webb Chapel pianist from 2004-2007. She additionally performed as the pit orchestra pianist for Webb’s productions of “Fiddler on the Roof” (2006) and “Company” (2007). In spring of 2007, she took 1st place in the Claremont Region and 2nd place overall in the subsequent Southern California Regional of the Dan Stover Music Competition, having performed Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu. Summer graduated from Vivian Webb in 2007 as Senior Class President and went on to attend UC Berkeley for her undergraduate degree. While at UC Berkeley, she also was the pianist and timpanist in a chamber orchestra for one semester and also took three semesters of African Drumming—two semesters of which she helped TA the class. From her sophomore undergraduate year onward, she stopped focusing on classical music and began working on classical crossover arrangements of modern pop, rock, hip-hop, electronica, etc., as well as playing in three different bands of just as varied genres. In addition to her education and musical explorations at UC Berkeley, Summer was voted Chapter Sweetheart of TKE (TKE Nu chapter, 2009-2010), she served as a volunteer mentor for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas, and she stayed involved with both Cal Volleyball and Cal Soccer programs. While Summer kept music as a large part of her extracurricular life in college, she then had her sights set on law school. Summer also studied abroad at the University of Cambridge for the summer quarter of 2010 as part of the Pembroke-King’s Programme before she graduated from UC Berkeley that December with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and a Music Minor. After earning her bachelor’s degree, but prior to deciding to pursue a career in music, Summer worked full-time at the San Francisco office of Jones Day, as their Recruiting and HR Assistant. It was not until late 2014, when Summer moved to Southern California, that she decided to pursue a full-time career in music.
From late 2014 to January 2017, Summer held the position of resident Sunday brunch and holiday pianist at the Waterline restaurant of the Balboa Bay Resort, a luxury resort in Newport Beach. She notably has performed for two TED-sanctioned TEDx events—TEDxUCSD 2013 in a piano-violin duo (“Dubutantes”, with violinist Miren Edelstein) and as a solo pianist at TEDxCambridgeUniversity 2014, the 2015 and 2016 Marine Corps Balls for the 13th Marine Expedition Unit, the Town & Country Committee of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County (2015), Nord Keyboards at NAMM 2016, 64Audio / OWC / Audix at NAMM 2017 with Alexandra Shipp, MEE Audio at NAMM 2019 with Jessica Burdeaux and Naia Izumi, the Hapa.Me Exhibition opening at the Japanese American National Museum, and numerous star-studded celebrity and luxury weddings. Summer has performed and continues to perform at a variety of high-end venues for private and public events including the Beverly Hills Hotel, Bacara Resort & Spa (The Ritz-Carlton Bacara), Balboa Bay Resort, Montage Laguna Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill, Parker Palm Springs, The Ritz-Carlton: Laguna Niguel, Crosby National Golf Club, Omni La Costa, The Grand Tradition, Estancia La Jolla, Rancho Magdalena, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Hollywood Roosevelt, Richard Nixon Library and Museum, and many more. Some of Summer’s notable private performance clientele include Sumner Redstone, Michael & Lydia Kives, Jerome & Nancy Felton, Keenan & Ciandra Allen, etc. also runs an all-female-identifying orchestral, studio/touring/luxury event ensemble who can be hired to perform alongside her, called “Summer Swee-Singh & the Heartstrings”. Summer is additionally the pianist of the piano-violin duo Yas & Sum.
Summer released her debut original album, titled Summer Swee-Singh & the Crazy 88 in mid-2016. In March 2017, her piece “JFN” (track #3) was awarded a Silver Medal by the Global Music Awards in their “emerging artist” and “composer” categories. Later that year, Summer released her debut music video, “JFN (with Prelude)”, which showcased an extended version of the piece, including a string trio prelude.
In the autumn of 2017, Summer gained her first experience touring, playing keyboard on stage with Circa Survive and her rotating roster of string players she contracted for each concert venue. She guest performed for multiple stops on both coasts during Circa Survive’s fall tour shows–including shows at the famed Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, and sold-out shows at Terminal 5 in New York City and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. With Circa Survive, Summer performed two instrumental string and keys accompaniments she arranged for those shows (“Frozen Creek” and “Flesh and Bone”). 2017 also saw a collaboration between Until the Ribbon Breaks and Summer, as UTRB released a collaborative re-imagination (audio and music video) featuring Summer’s strings and piano arrangement of their track “Here Comes the Feeling”. Summer’s original string arrangements and piano playing are also featured on two tracks–“Love” and “Changing Shape”–off of Anthony Green’s acoustic, solo album, “Would You Still Be In Love” (2018), and she appeared as a featured encore guest along with her string players for the Southern California stops on Anthony’s Avalon 10yr Anniversary Tour in July 2018, performing on six songs with Anthony and his band. Summer also performed as the pianist for Chief Keef’s Trap Symphony with Audiomack, recorded live at Henson Studies. She additionally released a video of her a medley arrangement (piano, strings, and flute) of three tracks off of Polyphia’s album “New Levels New Devils”, which Polyphia uploaded to their YouTube channel. To close out 2018, Summer signed on for a special bi-coastal holiday tour with Chon, featuring fourteen of her piano quartet arrangements (Homey in its entirety as well as “Can’t Wait” and “Perfect Pillow”) —her role on that tour was not only performing as the touring keyboard player, but also the string arranger, conductor, string contractor, and backing vocalist. In 2019, Anthony Green reached out to Summer to re-imagine his last solo album, resulting in the collaborative album “Would You Still Be With Strings (feat. Summer Swee-Singh)”–its instrumentation includes piano, violin, viola, cello, harp, flute, and trumpet, and the album can be found on all major music listening platforms (limited edition vinyl available at Memory Music Label). Additionally in 2019, Summer played keyboard for Roddy Ricch for Audiomack’s Trap Symphony, live at the Peppermint Club; Summer also played piano for pop star Bebe Rexha on The Ellen Show, performing Bebe’s hit single titled “You Can’t Stop the Girl” which is featured in the movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Summer released her collaborative beat pack with KSHMR on Splice called “Chords of KSHMR Vol. 1: Summer Swee-Singh”. To close out 2019, Summer also formed a band, grp, with drummer Jessica Burdeaux; the released their first single “Willow Tree” at the end of the year. In 2020, she performed on keys for a stripped down set with Dayseeker and saw the release of her string arrangement for the Thunder Jackson single “Caroline”; she additionally notably collaborated with Jae Deal and Alex Siegel during the quarantine period. 2020 also saw the release of Summer’s chamber orchestra arrangement of Handel’s “Lascia Ch’io Pianga” as well as the release of three singles by her band, grp (“Storm”, “At Dusk”, and “Tiny Pumpkin (ft. Anna Sentina)”). As live music returned in 2021, Summer found herself playing live keys for shows with Mothé, Naia Izumi, and Keiynan Lonsdale. Summer was also featured in a Jubilee video titled “Musicians Rank Themselves by Talent” to which TwoSetViolin and ImDontai posted reaction videos. Naia Izumi’s debut album, A Residency in the Los Angeles Area, was also released on Sony Masterworks in 2021, on which Summer recorded piano, celeste, and a Fender Rhodes for a few songs; Summer also played keys in Naia’s quartet for his featured performance at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE (December 2021). 2022 kicked off with Summer co-founding an all-female backing band called JAMS with Jessica Burdeaux, Anna Sentina, and Maru Martinez. The second Splice pack Summer contributed to was released in May 2022, called “Radiance in Sound”, co-curated by Madame Gandhi and Jammcard. She then was invited to be a featured “Pianote Coach” and record an online masterclass on arranging for piano for Musora (Pianote’s parent company); her future was released in September 2022. June 2022 saw Summer’s band GRP playing it’s debut show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, opening for Covet, Hikes, and King of Heck. Summer then spent 6.5 weeks on the road playing keyboard Kings Elliot on her first stadium tour, opening for Macklemore and Imagine Dragons, playing famed venues boasting crowds of up to 55,000, including Fenway Park (Boston, MA), Rogers Centre – Blue Jays’ Stadium (Toronto, ON, Canada), T-Mobile Center (Kansas City, MO), Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago (Tinley Park, IL), Shoreline Amphitheatre (Mountain View, CA), Rice-Eccles Stadium (Salt Lake City, UT), Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas, NV), and Banc of California Stadium (Los Angeles, CA). Immediately after returning from tour, Summer music directed and performed the US National Anthem as part of an instrumental keyboard-violin-bass guitar trio (alongside violinist Miren Edelstein and bassist Anna Sentina) for the San Diego Wave FC’s debut game at Snapdragon Stadium, timed with a stunning military fly-over; the historic, sold-out game on September 17th, 2022 also broke the NWSL’s single game attendance record with an audience of 32,000. She was also thrilled about some 2022 studio releases, as Summer wrote and recorded piano for Polyphia’s release “Playing God (Acoustic)” [part of their Euthanasia Pack, August 2022], and she was featured as a “conductor” and violinist in the music video for Eligh x DJ Fresh’s “WESTBOUND”. Summer was awarded the “Young Alumni Rising Star Award” by The Webb Schools in October 2022.
A hallmark of her brand, Summer also runs both a YouTube channel and Instagram profile where she posts her newest musical arrangements and compositions; her YouTube channel has amassed over 2 million total video views. The likes of Skrillex, Ed Banger Records, Anthony Green and Colin Frangicetto of Circa Survive, Polyphia, Steinway & Sons, Mike Sapone, and more have reposted her arrangements/compositions on social media. Her work has additionally been praised by the likes of Richard Clayderman, Joachim Horsley, Carlos Rafael Rivera, Kathy Parsons of MainlyPiano, DJ Paul KOM, and more.
Summer is officially endorsed by Nord Keyboards and her notable studio and touring/live credits (playing keys, writing string arrangements, composing, and/or singing backing vocals etc.) include Polyphia, CHON, Anthony Green, KSHMR, Circa Survive, Bebe Rexha, Chief Keef, Roddy Ricch, Naia Izumi, Kings Elliot, Until the Ribbon Breaks, Mothé, Keiynan Lonsdale, Gashi, Psychic Barber, Thunder Jackson, Ariel Bellvalaire, Dayseeker, Alexandra Shipp, etc. Summer currently lives in Orange County with her husband and their dogs.