Willem De Swardt was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where he also grew up. He comes from a musical family: his parents are both music teachers, teaching piano, singing and strings.
De Swardt studied violin with Noel Travers and Fritz Kerri among others before coming to Vienna to study with Prof. Gerhard Schulz. He graduated with unanimous distinction.
Because he enjoys composing from time to time and is greatly interested in contemporary music, the Vienna RSO is the ideal orchestra for him. He appreciates the modern and varied programming.
Willem De Swardt has been a member of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1986.