Jonathan Swensen first fell in love with the cello upon hearing the Elgar Concerto at the
age of six, and ultimately made his concerto debut at the age of twenty performing that
very piece with Portugal’s Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música conducted by his
father, Joseph Swensen. Since then, he has appeared with the Orquesta Ciudad de
Granada, Venice State Symphony Orchestra, Denmark’s Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and
Poland’s NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra.
Mr. Swensen has captured First Prizes at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International
Auditions, 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition, and 2019 Windsor
International String Competition. In his native Denmark, he was recipient of the Jacob
Gades Scholarship in 2019, the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize in 2017, and First Prize at the
2016 Danish String Competition.
Mr. Swensen has made debuts with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Phiharmonia
Orchestra at Windsor Castle and Sun Symphony Orchestra in Vietnam, and he recently
performed a reengagement with Denmark’s Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.
In the United States this past season, the Young Concert Artists Series presented Mr.
Swensen’s recital debuts in New York on the Michaels Award Concert at Merkin Concert
Hall, and in Washington, DC on the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert at the Kennedy
Center’s Terrace Theater. This season, he gives recitals at the Friends of Music Concerts
Series, the Jewish Community Alliance in Jacksonville, FL, and on the YCA “Encores”
Series at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.