Johannes Gustavsson, Conductor



Johannes Gustavsson is noted for his energy, charisma, poise and sensitivity – qualities that have put him in serious demand as a symphonic and operatic conductor across the Nordic region and beyond. He works regularly with all the major orchestras in his native Sweden including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras. In Norway he enjoys relationships with the Oslo Philharmonic and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestras and KORK, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Johannes has recently conducted the Helsinki and Turku Philharmonic Orchestras in Finland and is soon to appear with the Odense and South Jutland Symphony Orchestras in Denmark.

After acclaimed work at the Royal Swedish Opera and at The Gothenburg Opera, Johannes was appointed chief conductor of Wermland Opera in Sweden at the start of the 2015/16 season. He has held senior conducting posts at the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Västerås Sinfonietta, the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and at the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, where he has led the ensemble as chief conductor since 2012. He regularly works with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.

Johannes has a string of significant recordings to his name including the first taping of Anders Eliasson’s Double Concerto and Sinfonia per Archi with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, released on the CPO label. The Swedish Radio Choir joined Johannes and the orchestra for the same label’s subsequent release of Eliasson’s Quo Vadis. He has recorded with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (music by CFE Horneman for Dacapo), the Gävle symphony Orchestra (music by Tobias Broström for Swedish Society), the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (music by Jón Nordal for Ondine), the Oulu Symphony Orchestra (music by Uuno Klami and Einar Englung, also for Ondine) and for the Västerås Sinfonietta (music by Britta Byström, Ylva Skog and Andrea Tarrodi for DB Productions). As a noted exponent of contemporary music, Johannes has premiered more than 50 orchestral works written by Nordic composers.

Johannes was born in 1975 in Vänersborg and studied viola with Lars Anders Tomter, subsequently pursuing conducting studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Ole Kristian Ruud and Olav Anton Thommessen. He took additional lessons from Simon Streatfeild and the great Finnish conducting instructor Jorma Panula. Johannes was the first artist to be awarded both the Swedish Conductor’s Prize and the Herbert Blomstedt Award. He was a prizewinner at both the Solti Conducting Competition in Frankfurt and the Toscanini Competition in Parma.


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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