Nicholas Swensen

Viola / Conductor

Danish violist and conductor Nicholas Algot Swensen (b. 1999) is one of his country’s most saught after young performers with a burgeoning career as a chamber musician and soloist.

He has won several prizes such as The Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition 2021 – the prize included a performance of Walton Viola Concerto with The Juilliard Orchestra and Sir Antonio Pappano at Lincoln Center – Prize winner in 2021 Primrose Viola Competition, where he performed Bartok Viola Concerto with the Colburn Orchestra in Los Angeles, 1st prize + Dvorak Association Prize at the Oskar Nedbal International Viola Competition 2020 (Prague) 1st prize + EMCY prize in the Nordic Øresunds Solist competition (Copenhagen), Gold medal + Talent Prize in Berlingske Competition, special prize in Max Rostal international viola competition (Berlin), Copenhagen Summer Festival Talent Prize, the Leonie Sonning talent prize, the Danish Radio Classical Talent Award and the Carl Nielsen talent award. As a recipient of the 2017 Van Hauen Talent Award in Copenhagen Nicholas performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the ARCO Chamber Orchestra in the concert hall of Tivoli Gardens.


He gave his public debut in 2021 with the Lyngby-Taarbæk Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky 6th Symphony as well as the Danish Radio Vocal Ensemble in Brahms ‘Liebesliederwaltzer’ and songs by Carl Nielsen and Per Nørgaard. He was also conductor in residence of Festival & Friends in Copenhagen where he led Strauss Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings and Shostakovich Piano Concerto no. 1 apart from also playing chamber music at the festival.

Nicholas is under management of Nordic Artists Management.

He plays a viola by brothers Amati (1616) through a generous loan from Anders Sveaas’ Almennyttige Fond.