Spring Concert

Concert Information

April 30, 1977

Spring Concert

Myung-Whun Chung, conductor
Chou-Liang Lin, violin
Joseph Swensen, violin

Rossini: Overture to "Italiana in Algeri"
J.S. Bach: Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins and Orchestra, S. 1043
Mussorgsky-Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Guest Artist

Joseph Swenson

Joseph Swensen currently holds the posts of Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Founder and Artistic Director of Unity Hills Arts Centers International (U-HAC). Swensen was Principal Guest Conductor & Artistic Adviser of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (formerly known as the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris) from 2009-2012. He was Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 1996-2005, and has also held positions at the Malmö Opera (2008-2011), Lahti Symphony, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Swensen is a busy guest-conductor throughout the world (from Europe, to the USA, Japan and Australia), enjoying long-established relationships with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (with whom Swensen recently completed a Mahler cycle, spanning ten years), London Mozart Players, and Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, amongst others.

As principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Joseph Swensen and the orchestra toured extensively in the US, UK, Europe and the Far East. They have performed together 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 also made several recordings including a series of CDs for Linn records where he is featured as violin soloist as well. As Principal Conductor of the Malmö Opera in Sweden, Swensen was widely recognised as the driving force behind Malmö Opera's transformation into one of the most important opera companies in Sweden. During his tenure there, he conducted highly acclaimed productions of Salome, La Boheme, La Traviata, Macbeth, Vanessa, The Dialogues of the Carmelites, La Fanciulla del West, and Madama Butterfly, among others.