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.
January 2023. Not to be altered without permission.
Territory: Worldwide excluding Nordic territories DK, NO, SE, FI, IS