JOHN LIDFORS

“Music for me is about discovering its story, traveling its journey and engaging the listener in an unexpectedly arresting experience.”

Portrait

John Lidfors distinguishes himself as a conductor of penetrative and sensitive musicianship exhibiting an uncommon versatility across the orchestral and vocal spectrum. Currently serving on the conducting staff of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and the Bochum Philharmonic Choir, he also founded the Orchester Ventuno, a professional chamber orchestra that performs in the greater Nuremberg region.

As a musician John Lidfors takes a special interest in the works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Rachmaninoff and Pärt. His regard for performance practice across all periods of music and his conviction of the interpreter’s creative role in giving sound to the composer’s work are central to his musicianship.

Working with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra John Lidfors has displayed a flexibility in diverse musical styles and formats: from symphonic repertoire and oratorios to family concerts featuring Grieg, Roussel and klezmer music and symphonic rock and pop concerts. Highlights of his tenure in Bochum also include stepping in short-notice to lead multiple rehearsals of Mahler’s 9th Symphony for a CD-recording and concert tour to South Korea.

Orchestras

& Choirs

In the orchestral field John Lidfors has performed with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, the South Denmark Philharmonic, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, the Brandenburger Symphoniker and the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart. Apart from the concert stage he has also worked with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Staatstheater Cottbus, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt and the Colorado Symphony.

Equally proficient in choral music John Lidfors has led performances of choral-orchestral works including Haydn’s Creation, Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Honegger’s King David, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, as well as numerous a cappella works such as Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli. In concert he has appeared with the Berlin Radio Choir, the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, the Gaechinger Cantorey, ChorWerk Ruhr and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus.

Schumann - Symphony No. 4

“What especially appeals to me about conducting is the way I can impact the musicians’ playing  through my gestures as if I were a potter shaping a vessel of sound.”

Opera

Deepening his fascination with Italian opera John Lidfors studied with Riccardo Muti at the 2018 Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in Ravenna, Italy focusing on Verdi’s Macbeth. Previously, he served as assistant conductor of the Aspen Opera Company during the 2016 Aspen Conducting Academy. In 2017 he was closely involved in preparing the world premiere of the chamber opera Caliban by Moritz Eggert in a production of the Amsterdam-based company Operafront with Lotte de Beer, Steven Sloane and the Ensemble Asko|Schönberg.

Background
& Education

Descended from several generations of visual artists, John Lidfors was born to American parents living in Germany. He learned piano and violin from a young age and later became a violinist and concertmaster in the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra. There he had the opportunity to play under maestros such as Mariss Jansons--experiences that were defining for his musical interest and which awakened his passion for conducting.
John Lidfors went on to study orchestral and choral conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna graduating in 2010 with his debut in the Musikverein. In 2017 he completed his postgraduate training at the International Conducting Academy Berlin. Seeking to further refine his artistry he has participated in masterclasses with David Zinman, Jorma Panula, Simon Halsey and with Neeme Järvi at the first Gstaad Conducting Academy. The German Music Council accepted him into their Choral Conductors’ Forum in 2015 where he assisted Hans-Christoph Rademann at the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart.

Outreach

Giving young people access to classical music performed live has from the beginning been a key focus of the Orchester Ventuno that John Lidfors founded in the Nuremberg region in 2012. In addition to its regular concert activity John Lidfors has organized outreach visits to elementary schools with interactive performances for hundreds of children, many of whom never heard a live orchestra before. The musical and educational success of this venture is reflected in the enthusiastic responses at the school concerts, in various festival invitations and in the cultural advancement awards John Lidfors was presented with by the Region of Middle Franconia and the City of Fürth.

Calendar

May 18, 2019

5:30 pm

100 Years BoSy

Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, Bochum, Germany


Antonín Dvořák - Symphony No. 9, IV. Allegro con fuoco

Listeners' orchestra of the Bochumer Symphoniker

Jul 3, 2019

8 pm

Philharmonic Choir of Bochum

Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, Bochum, Germany


Gioachino Rossini - Petite Messe Solennelle

  • Sunhae Im, Soprano
  • Julia Stein, Alto
  • Sung Min Song, Tenor
  • Klaus Mertens, Bass
NOV 1, 2019

5 pm

CHORWERK RUHR

Philharmonie, Essen, Germany


G. F. Händel - Ode for St. Cecilia's Day
G. F. Händel - Alexander's Feast

CHORWERK RUHR
Concerto Köln
Ivor Bolton, Conductor
John Lidfors, Chorus Master

NOV 3, 2019


CSO Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition Finals

Chicago, USA


Civic Orchestra of Chicago

NOV 14, 2019

8 pm

CHORWERK RUHR

Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany


G. F. Händel - Ode for St. Cecilia's Day
G. F. Händel - Alexander's Feast

CHORWERK RUHR
Concerto Köln
Ivor Bolton, Conductor
John Lidfors, Chorus Master

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