Jonathan Swensen


Jonathan Swensen (born in 1996) is a laureate of the 2022 Avery Fisher Prize, Young Concert Artists 2018 and winner of both the 2019 Windsor International String Competition and the 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition. In 2023 he became a member of the Chambermusic Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. In his native Denmark he was also a recipient of the Jacob Gades Scholarship in 2019, the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize in 2017 and the first prize at the Danish String Competition in 2016. 

He graduated the Artist Diploma at New England Conservatory in the summer of 2023, concluding his 3 year studies with the legend Laurence Lesser. When Jonathans solo album “Fantasia” got published in 2022 it received rave reviews from both “The Strad Magazine”, “Gramophone Magazine”, “BBC Musicmagazine”, “Magasinet Klassisk” and Musical America named him “Artist of the month” shortly after the album was published. One of the praises in the reviews was an “artist of nuanced colours, relentlessness, imagination and a varied musical palette”.


Jonathan Swensen made his concerto debut in March 2017, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. Since then, he has performed with orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra in Wroclaw (both with and without conductor), the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and the Sun Symphony Orchestra in Vietnam. He is also a frequent performer at festivals in Denmark and further afield, appearing among others at the Tivoli Festival, the Copenhagen Summer Festival, the Hindsgavl Summer Festival and the Usedomer Musikfestival. 

This summer he will have several debuts in American festivals as well, including playing in La Jolla Chambermusic festival in San Diego for the first time, and Newport Chamberfest. He will have his debut in Wigmore Hall in december 2025, and an Alice Tully Hall debut in april 2025.