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Joseph Swensen

conductor

Joseph Swensen is currently principal conductor of Malmö Opera och Musiktheater and Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. His present and future engagements at Malmö Opera include productions of La Bohème, Macbeth, Porgy and Bess, La fanciulla del West, and Salome, among others. Swensen’s many guest conducting engagements include the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, London Mozart Players, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de la Ciudad de Granada and Orquestra Nacional do Porto. Joseph Swensen was principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 1996 to 2005. When he relinquished this post in September 2005, he was invited to become the orchestra’s conductor emeritus. Swensen and the SCO have toured extensively in the US, Far East, Spain, and Portugal. They have performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals, the BBC Proms, the Barbican and the Concertgebouw. Swensen and the orchestra have made a series of recordings for Linn records, including music by Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Brahms, Prokofiev and Dvór&acaron;k. The Prokofiev recording features Swensen’s own orchestration of the composer’s Cinq Melodies. His enthusiasm for new music has resulted in many major works written for both him and the SCO by such composers as James MacMillan, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Sally Beamish, Karin Rehnqvist and Elenor Alberga. Joseph Swensen, an American of Norwegian-Japanese descent, was born in 1960 in New York and now lives with his family in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Joseph Swensen

Photo: Eric Richmond