Rising star JONATHAN SWENSEN is the recipient of the 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant and was featured as Musical America’s ‘New Artist of the Month’ and ‘One to Watch’ in Gramophone Magazine. Jonathan fell in love with the cello upon hearing the Elgar Concerto at the age of six, and ultimately made his concerto debut performing the work with Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música.

Jonathan’s debut recording ‘Fantasia’, on Champs Hill Records received rave reviews, from Gramophone, BBC Music, and The Strad which printed “An exciting young talent emerges. I would gladly buy a ticket to see Swensen on the strength of this appealing calling card.”

He has performed with the orchestras in Europe, the UK and the US, and made critically acclaimed debuts at the Kennedy Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Jordan Hall, Morgan Library and Museum, Vancouver Recital Society, San Francisco Performances and the Krannert Center. Jonathan joined the Bowers Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2024.