“…a brash, bold, and successful debut. It is exciting to hear such talent.”
– A Beast In A Jungle (Washington)
Jonathan Swensen first fell in love with the cello upon hearing the Elgar Concerto at the age of six, and ultimately made his concerto debut at the age of twenty performing that very piece with Portugal’s Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música.
Winner of the prestigious 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Jonathan has also captured First Prizes at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition, and 2019 Windsor International String Competition. In his native Denmark, he was recipient of the Jacob Gades Scholarship in 2019, the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize in 2017, and First Prize at the 2016 Danish String Competition.
Mr. Swensen has made debuts with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Phiharmonia Orchestra at Windsor Castle and Sun Symphony Orchestra in Vietnam, and he recently performed a reengagement with Denmark’s Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. He is also a frequent performer at festivals in Denmark, including the Schubertiaden, the Copenhagen Summer Festival and the Hindsgavl Summer Festival.
Jonathan also co-created the classical music festival called Festival & Friends, and was artistic director of this festival in 2020.
A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Jonathan Swensen also studied with Professor Torleif Thedéen, and is currently studying with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory.
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