Alexander Swete was born in Bregenz/Austria and studied with Konrad Ragossnig at the Academy of Music in Vienna.
Alexander Swete is prizewinner of the most prestigious international competitions, including Havana (Cuba) in 1988 and the ARD Competion Munich (Germany) in 1989. In 1991 he was awarded the First Prize at the “Concours International de Guitare” in Paris.
Performances throughout Europe, USA, Russia, Australia, China, North of Africa… New York-Carnegie Hall, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Atlanta, Key West; London Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Munich, Vienna Musikverein, Istanbul, Moskau, Kiev, Prag, Teheran…..
He has been invited to international music festivals including the Salzburger Festspiele, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg-Feldkirch-Hohenems, Wiener Festwochen, Bregenzer Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival and the major international guitar festivals.
Alexander Swete has made numerous recordings for radio and television, including ORF Vienna, WDR Köln, BR München, NDR Hamburg, BBC London, Radio France, Radio Espana, SBS Sydney, Australian Cabletelevision, Tokyo Cabletelevision as well as numerous CDs in different styles from “Wiener Klassik” to the contemporary. He was nominated for the Amadeus Award 2005 with his Trio Swete-Bertel-Sepec. Editor´s choice of the „Gramophone Magazine“ for Crumb – „Songs, Drones & Refraines of Death“ with the „Ensemble NewArt“ (Naxos).
His extensive repertoire reaches from the Renaissance to the contemporary, including all the major concertos and a large spectrum of chamber music.
He has performed with many orchestras, including the “Württembergisches Kammerorchester”, Orquesta National the Cuba, the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, the Lublin Philharmony, the Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra and the “Vorarlberger Symphonieorchester”.
Cooperation withsingersPeter Schreier and Wolfgang Holzmair, viola player Tabea Zimmermann, violinist Daniel Sepec, flutist Eugen Bertel, members of the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Symphonic Orchestras, Klangforum Vienna, NewArtEnsemble and many others.
Alexander Swete is professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.2005-2015 he was visiting professor at the University of Sarajevo.Alexander Swete is D´Addario Artist. He plays D´Addario Pro Arte Nylon strings.