New appointment. It has just been announced that Joseph Swensen will be Professor of Music (violin) at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, from autumn 2014 onwards. Mr Swensen has been a Visiting Professor since autumn 2013. For more information please click here.
Joseph Swensen welcomed in the new year in Newcastle, performing two New Year’s Day concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, using both his baton and his violin. Plans for the rest of this season include conducting engagements with the London Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole Toulouse, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, including a tour to the Herrenchiemsee Festival in Germany. On the violin, Swensen will give his first performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto in around 20 years, with the Riverside County Philharmonic in California, under the baton of Tomasz Golka. If you have heard his 1992 recording of this work with Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (available on the Red Seal label), you will know that something very special can be expected!