Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz (b. 1985) was prize-winner at the Princess Astrid Competition (First Prize, Norway, 2014) and the Jorma Panula Competition (Second Prize, Vaasa, 2015), and was selected as one of three young conductors supported by the French Performer's Association Adami (October 2016).
She was appointed Assistant Conductor to Mikko Franck at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (2017-2018), concurrently with a Joint Assistantship to theTasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Marko Letonja) and theWest Australian Symphony Orchestra (Asher Fisch).
In May 2017 she conducted a program of Ravel's music at Maison de Radio with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, substituting for Mikko Franck at the last minute, and she recently stood in for him again to conduct a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 at the Festival de Saint Denis. Other recent conducting engagements include "Portrait" concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Nicolas Bacri), and the Lucerne Festival Academy (Olga Neuwirth), as well as performances with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre de Pasdeloup, Orchestre de Opéra National de Lorraine, and the 2016 Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, where she conducted Alban Berg's Chamber Concerto with soloists Renaud Capuçon and Nicholas Angelich.
Forthcoming highlights include conducting engagements with the Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Pasdeloup, Orchestre de Opéra National de Lorraine, Orchestre de Cannes, Musikfabrik Cologne, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, andWest Australian Symphony Orchestra. She assists Kazushi Ono on a production of Prokofiev'sFiery Angel with the Orchestre de Paris at the Festival Aix en Provence this summer.
After studying cello and musicology at the Geneva Conservatoire and University, Elena Schwarz was admitted to the conducting course of Laurent Gay at the Geneva Conservatoire, from which she graduated with a Master's degree. She subsequently specialized in contemporary performance with Arturo Tamayo (Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana). Further studies took her to Peter Eötvös and Matthias Pintscher, and she participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival and Neeme Järvi at the Gstaad Festival.
Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, created the Dudamel Fellowship Program in 2009 to provide a unique opportunity for promising young conductors from around the world to develop their craft and enrich their musical experience through personal mentorship and participation in the LA Phil's orchestral, education, and community programs.
"The most important and fulfilling part of my work is to mentor extraordinary young people," says Dudamel. "On behalf of the LA Phil, I welcome these four outstanding young conductors into the program and look forward to helping them become their best, as both musicians and people."
The Fellows will work alongside Dudamel and musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as visiting artists and conductors, and will also work with students in key LA Phil education programs. The program for each of the Fellows will run separately. The Fellows will hone their skills through observation and application, such as conducting Los Angeles Philharmonic youth concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, participating as cover conductors, and serving as mentors themselves through participation in programs such as Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA).
"Over the past nine years, alumni of this program have gone on to accomplish amazing things in their careers, and I have no doubt this exceptional group will go on to do the same," Dudamel says.
Dudamel kicks off the classical season at Hollywood Bowl with a Bernstein 100 Celebration featuring Sutton Foster and Brian Stokes Mitchell on July 10. This summer season, his concerts also include Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring Khatia Buniatishvili (July 12); Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with Itzhak Perlman (August 21); and the Tchaikovsky Spectacular, complete with fireworks (August 24 and 25). Dudamel also conducts Verdi'sOtello for the first time (July 15), leads a fully danced production of Tchaikovsky'sThe Nutcracker (August 14 and 16), and teams up with guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (August 17 and 18).
Elena Schwarz (Swiss-Australian), will be conducting:
November 24 & December 1, 2018
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Toyota Symphonies for Youth
Brahms and His First Symphony
Through the eyes of a young girl desperate to finish a homework assignment, learn why it took one of the most famous composers, Johannes Brahms, more than two decades to write his first symphony. This concert is a celebration of that masterful piece and its composer, who never stopped trying.