Jonathan Swensen

Jonathan Swensen – cellist

    Jonathan Swensen is a laureate of Young Concert Artists 2018 and winner of both the 2019 Windsor International String Competition and the 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition. Other accolades include first price at the Øresunds-soloist, the Gold and Talent-prize at the Berlingskes Classical Competition, the Jacob Gades Talentprize, first prize at the Danish String Competition and first prize at the Stockholm International Music Competition.

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    Jonathan Swensen made his debut in March 2017, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. Since then, he has performed with numerous orchestras including the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Venice State Symphony Orchestra and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.

    In the current season, he makes his debuts with the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. As part of the YCA programme, he will embark on an extensive series of performances in the US. Jonathan Swensen is also a frequent performer at festivals in his native Denmark, appearing at the Schubertiaden, the Copenhagen Summer Festival and the Hindsgavl Summer Festival.

    A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Jonathan Swensen currently studies with Professor Torleif Thedèen at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

    March 2019

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Elgar: Cello Concerto
Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música – April 2017
Debussy: Cello Sonata
with Marianna Shirinyan (piano) – April 2019
Bach: Cello Suite No.5, Allemande and Sarabande
April 2019
Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata, 1st movement
with Elias Holm (piano) – April 2018
Ligeti: Sonata for solo cello
April 2019
Alberga: String Quartet no.2 (excerpt)
with Thomas Bowes, Oscar Perks, Andres Kaljuste – June 2018


  • 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:
  • Concerto-Rhapsody

  • 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

  • Tchaikovsky:
  • Variations on a Rococo Theme, op.33