Jon Svinghammar

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The Swedish conductor Jon Svinghammar was described by the press for his celebrated new production of the opera Carmen at the Slovenian National Theatre Maribor as a ”judicious and emotionally gripping conductor” (Online Merker 19.3.22). The Kleine Zeitung commented: “the orchestra plays with lively tempi and great beauty of sound under the direction of Jon Svinghammar“.

He had great success recently as as a tutor and conductor at concerts in the Suena Festival in Vienna for Hispanic contemporary music, at Grafenegg with the JSO Niederösterreich, with Aida at the oper festival Oper Burg Gars and in Viennas Musikverein Golden Hall with the Wiener Akademische Philharmonie. He was chosen to conduct the memorial concerts for two important austrian personalitites, the famous artist and composer Hermann Nitsch in Nitsch museum and the writer Leo Mazakarini at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna.  J. Svinghammar also conducted the opening concert of the Inter-Parliamentary Union World Congress 2021 at the Vienna Hofburg. 

Some orchestras Jon Svinghammar has conducted includes the South Denmark Philharmonic, the Plovdiv Philharmonic, Romanian Radio National Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Savaria Symphony,  Girardi Ensemble, Graz Festival Strings, the Tiroler Landesjugendorchester, the Klangvereinigung Wien, the Orchesterverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien, Graz Festival Strings, the Orchestre Pasdeloup Paris, the Platypus Ensemble, the Manchester Camerata and the LJO Tirol. In addition to Vienna’s major concert halls, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus, he has also conducted in Graz in the Stefaniensaal, in the Eggenberg Palace, at the Festungsarena Kufstein, the Haus der Musik Innsbruck, the Gustav Mahler Hall Toblach, in the Kunsthaus Weiz, the Casino Baden, Stadtsaal Lienz, Osaka Festival Hall, Teatro Mancinelli Orvieto, the Northern Royal College of Music Manchester, Radio Bucharest Hall, the State Opera Bucharest, in Konservatoriets Koncertsal Copenhagen and in the Plovdiv State Opera. Other past engegments includes Musical Assistant and Maestro Suggeritore to Johannes Fritzsch and Kent Nagano at the Hamburg State Opera, as well as a conductor for the musical rehearsals of Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana at the Romanian National Opera Bucharest.

Between 2018 - 2023, he was director of the coaching staff and conductor of Austria´s Festival Oper Burg Gars, and since 2018 artistic director of the contemporary group ensemble-N which in 2022 recieved the Boris-Pergamenschikow Prize and also the speical Prize from the Hanns Eisler Foundation in Berlin. Since 2021 he is closely connected as a tutor and conductor to the project “Accademia Vicino” which recieved the Austrian European State Prize for Culture 2022 from the Austrian government.  

In 2018 Jon Svinghammar was a laureate of the opera conductor’s competition Luigi Mancinelli in Orvieto, Italy. He studied percussion, piano, improvisation and composition at Janáčkova konzervatoř Ostrava, conducting at the The Academy of Performing Arts Prague Prague, at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. He completed his postgraduate studies in orchestral conducting with distinction at the University of Music and Performing Arts Wien (MDW) in Vienna with Johannes Wildner and also acted as Maestro Wildner’s musical assistant. He completed master classes with Uroš Lajovic, Wolfgang Dörner and Marc Albrecht; another important mentor is Maestro Eliahu Inbal.