Amora de Swardt was born in Cape Town, South Africa and started violin lessons with Noel Travis when she was 8 years old.
She finished her Bachelor of Music degree in 1984 at the University of Cape Town and from 1985 till 1988 she was a member of the opera orchestra in Cape Town (CAPAB).
In 1988 she moved to Vienna to continue her violin studies at the Viennese Conservatoire. She is a free-lance musician and works with numerous orchestras in Vienna, like the Schönbrunner Schloss Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Viennese Mozart Orchestra, the Volksoper Symphony Orchestra, the Strauss Festival Orchestra.
Since 2000 she is Concert Master of the Neue Oper Wien.