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The Swedish conductor Jon Svinghammar was recently 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 guest conductor at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, as a tutor and conductor at concerts in the Suena Festival in Vienna for Hispanic contemporary music and at concerts in the Konzerthaus Wien. He has also worked with the Jeunesses Musicales and conducted the Lower Austrian and the Tyrolean youth orchestras. He was chosen to conduct the memorial concert for Austria´s famous artist and composer Hermann Nitsch, as well as the memorial concert for the writer Leo Mazakarini at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, and the opening concert of the Inter-Parliamentary Union World Congress at the Vienna Hofburg.
Since 2018, he has been study director and conductor of Austria´s Festival Opera Burg Gars, and music director of the contemporary group ensemble-N. Since 2019 he has worked regularly with the Vienna Orchestra Association of the Society of Friends of Music, conducting them in Vienna’s Musikverein. Jon Svinghammar took over the musical direction of the recording “A Night on the Danube” by composer Hernández-Lovera in 2021. Since 2021, he lectures and conducts the project “Accademia Vicino” project for the reconstruction of the area around Accumoli in Italy, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 2016, and received the Austrian European State Prize for Culture 2022. Future engagements include two concert programmes with the “Wiener Akademische Philharmonie” in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, a concert series with the Danish Sonderjyllands Symfoniorkester, and a guest performance with ensemble-N at the contemporary music festival of Bernaola in Vitoria-Gasteiz Spain.
Jon Svinghammar has worked with the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, the Plovdiv Philharmonic, Romanian Radio National Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Savaria Symphony, the Sinfonieorchester Lienz, Girardi Ensemble, Graz Festival Strings, the Graz University Orchestra, the Klangvereinigung Wien, the Orchestre Pasdeloup Paris, the Platypus Ensemble and the Manchester Camerata. In addition to Vienna’s major concert halls, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus, he has also conducted in Graz in the Stefaniensaal, 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. In 2012 Jon Svinghammar was musical assistant to Kristjan Järvi and Baltic Sea Philharmonic. In 2017 he was musical assistant to Kent Nagano and Johannes Fritzsch, as well as Maestro Suggeritore at the Hamburg State Opera. In 2018 he was a laureate of the opera conductors’ competition in Orvieto, Italy and took over the musical rehearsals of “Cavalleria rusticana” and “Pagliacci” at the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest.
Jon Svinghammar studied percussion, piano, improvisation and composition at Janáčkova konzervatoř Ostrava, conducting at the The Academy of Performing Arts Prague Prague with Tomáš Koutník, at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar with Nicolas Pasquét and Gunter Kahlert, and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with Martin Sieghart. 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 Professor Wildner’s musical assistant. He completed master classes with Uroš Lajovic, Wolfgang Dörner and Marc Albrecht; an important mentor is Maestro Eliahu Inbal.