Johannes Gustavsson, Conductor


Swedish conductor Johannes Gustavsson works regularly with all major Nordic orchestras, being in demand as an interpreter of extensive symphonic and operatic repertoire. He established close collaborations with orchestras such as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Swedish Opera, and the Gothenburg Opera. The soloists he often performs with include Janine Jansen, Peter Jablonski, Martin Fröst, Nina Stemme, Vikingur Olafsson, Olli Mustonen, Isbelle van Keulen, Torleif Thedeen, Guy Braunstein, and many others.

His effortless elegance, artistic integrity, and impeccable professionalism make him a popular artist who is able to forge long-term collaborations: this year, he celebrates a 20-year partnership with with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, which to date includes thirty-five concerts and countless days in the recording studio.

Throughout his career, he has held senior conducting posts at the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Västerås Sinfonietta, the Nordic Chamber Orchestra, and was chief conductor at the Wermland Opera and at the Oulu Symphony Orchestra until 2021.

As a champion of new music, he is dedicated to ensuing that works of his contemporaries are heard in concert halls, and to date he has premiered over 50 orchestral works written in the twenty-first century.

His contribution to the recorded repertoire is significant, and includes world premiere recording of Valborg Aulin’s Tableaux Parisiens for Nilento Records, and Anders Eliasson’s Double Concerto and Sinfonia per Archi with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra for the CPO label. He has recorded for Dacapo with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, for Ondine with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (works by Jón Nordal) andthe Oulu Symphony Orchestra (works by Uuno Klami and Einar Englung), to name a few.

A prizewinner at the Solti Conducting Competition in Frankfurt and the Toscanini Competition in Parma, hewas the first artist to be awarded both the Swedish Conductor’s Prize and the Herbert Blomstedt Award.

Originally trained as a violist, his strong passion for conducting and excellent leadership skills led him to study conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Ole Kristian Ruud and Olav Anton Thommessen, and the great Finnish conductor Jorma Panula.

A Real Treat
Thu, 2012-07-05
If dictionaries could render their definitions in musical sound, the words Romantic and Romanticism would sing the melodies and harmonies of Horneman. Passion and drama run high, as does emotion that runs the gamut from an almost religious ecstasy and fervoras in the Struggle with the Muses Suite, which reminds me of some of the religious music of Gounodto the orgiastic Bacchanal in the same score. This Dacapo SACD is a real treat for the ears. Its beautifully recorded, placing the listener in a seat midway back in the orchestra, which allows for enough distance to take in the entire width and depth of the stage, while still allowing individual instruments to be heard distinctly. The Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the able leadership of Johannes Gustavsson proves itself a world-class ensemble. This is very strongly recommended to all who enjoy being carried away by sweeping orchestral scores superbly played and magnificently recorded. Jerry Dubins © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare
Horneman: Orchestra Pieces
MusicWeb International
Mon, 2012-06-25
Young conductor Johannes Gustavsson brings out the best of the very fine Danish National Symphony Orchestra, but one also senses that these musicians are also responding with every ounce of their abilities to the music of their forgotten countryman. It all sounds like great fun to play as well as to hear, and the Dacapo/Danish Broadcasting Corporation SACD engineering is superb. Dominy Clemens
Anders Eliasson: Concerto for Violin, Piano & Orchestra; Sinfonia Per Archi
Ulf Wallin - Violin Roland Pöntinen - Piano Swedish Radio Symphony Orchstra Johannes Gustavsson
Anders Eliasson: Quo Vadis
Michael Weinius, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir Johannes Gustavsson
Horneman: Orchestra Pieces
Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Dacapo
Tobias Broström: Kaleidoscope - Orchestral Works
Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson
Swedish Concertos for Soprano Saxophone, Martinsson/Sandström/Eliasson
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson
Johannes Gustavsson Conducts Future Classics, Vol. 2
With Västerås Sinfonietta
Tobias Broström: Samsara och andra verk
Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson With: Västerås Sinfonietta
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Photo: Anna Hult

Photo: Anna Hult

Photo: Anna Hult

Photo: Anna Hult