Joseph Swensen is Artistic Director of the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra Wroclaw, Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada.
He has previously served as Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Principal Conductor of Malmö Opera. A sought-after pedagogue, Joseph Swensen teaches conducting, violin and chamber music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
Recognised for forging solid bonds with orchestras, he is regularly invited to conduct across the world and he has toured extensively in the US, UK, Europe and the Far East appearing at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals, the BBC Proms, “Festival de Radio France” and “La Folle Journée” of Nantes and Tokyo.
Before launching his conducting career, Swensen enjoyed a highly successful career as a violin soloist appearing with the world’s major orchestras and conductors while recording exclusively for BMG Classics. More recently, his series for Linn Records with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra won international acclaim and was released as a boxset in November 2018.
An American of Norwegian and Japanese descent, Joseph Swensen was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and grew up in Harlem, New York City.