Jonathan Swensen

Jonathan Swensen – cellist

  •  Featured as both Musical America’s ‘New Artist of the Month’ and ‘One to Watch’ in Gramophone Magazine, rising star of the cello Jonathan Swensen is the recipient of the 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant; He was also First Prize Winner at the 2019 Windsor International String Competition, 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition and the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In his native Denmark he was a recipient of the Musikanmelderringens Artist Prize in 2020, the Jacob Gades Scholarship in 2019, the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize in 2017 and the first prize winner at the Danish String Competition in 2016.

  • Jonathan first fell in love with the cello upon hearing the Elgar Concerto at the age of six, and ultimately made his concerto debut performing that very piece with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. Since then, he has performed with orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Aarhus, Aalborg and Odense Symphony Orchestras, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and the Slovak State Philharmonic Košice.

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    In recital, Jonathan recently gave acclaimed recital debuts at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, with additional performances in Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the Krannert Center’s Foellinger Great Hall. In addition to his many solo appearances, Jonathan is a frequent performer of chamber music both in Europe and the US. In 2024, he will join the Bowers Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, while he has also appeared at the Tivoli Festival, Copenhagen Summer Festival, Chamberfest Cleveland, Krzyżowa-Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Vancouver Recital Society, San Francisco Performances, and the Usedomer Musikfestival among others.

    September 2022 saw the release of Jonathan’s debut recording ‘Fantasia’, on Champs Hill Records, an album of works for solo cello, including Bent Sørensen’s ‘Farewell Fantasia’, composed for and dedicated to Jonathan and which he premiered in 2021, The album received rave reviews on its release, including from Gramophone, BBC Music, and The Strad which printed “An exciting young talent emerges. I would gladly buy a ticket to see Swensen on the strength of this appealing calling card.”

    A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Jonathan continued his studies with Torleif Thedéen at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory, where he received his Artist Diploma in May 2023.

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    Aude-Marie Auphan (Director)
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    Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.2
    NEC Philharmonia / Hugh Wolff – Feb 2023
    Khachaturian: Concerto Rhapsody
    Armenian State Symphony Orchestra / June-Sung Park – June 2021
    Chopin: Cello Sonata
    with Soyeon Kate Lee (piano) – October 2022
    Schumann: Five Pieces
    with Marianna Shirinyan (piano) – December 2020
    Ravel: Kaddisch
    with Marianna Shirinyan (piano) – December 2020
    Franck: Piano Trio
    with Stephen Waarts (violin), Juho Pohjonen (piano) – June 2022


    Works with Orchestra
      • JS Bach / Casadesus:

    Cello Concerto in C minor, Op.102

      • Brahms:

    Double Concerto in A minor, Op.102

      • Dvorak:

    Concerto in B minor op.104

      • Elgar:

    Concerto in E minor, op.85

      • Haydn:

    Concerto No.1 in C major, Hob. VIIb/1

      • Khachaturian:


      • Lalo:

    Cello Concerto in D minor

      • Saint-Saëns:

    Concerto No.1 in A minor, op.33

      • Schumann:

    Concerto in A minor, op.129

      • Shostakovich:

    Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, op.107
    Concerto No. 2, op.126

      • Sollima:

    ‘Violoncelles Vibrez’

      • Tchaikovsky:

    Variations on a Rococo Theme, op.33


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