October 1, 2022

Musical America Artist of the Month

"Like many young cellists, Jonathan Swensen fell in love with the instrument during a performance of the Elgar concerto. He was six at the time. It was therefore a dream come true when, 14 years later, he made his concerto debut playing the same work. But there's more to the 26-year-old cellist and recipient of a prestigious 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant than a love of the big beasts of the late-Romantic repertoire, as his startlingly original debut recording proves. Coupling Ligeti and Dutilleux with new music by Bent S0rensen and a searching performance of the virtuosic Kodaly Sonata for Solo Cello, Swensen proves to be not just a bold programmer, but a mature artist with a bold, rounded sound and the emotional chops to back it up."

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