We are delighted to announce that Swiss-Australian conductor, Elena Schwarz, has been appointed to the Dudamel Fellowship programme for the 2018-19 season. The Fellowship is an opportunity to further develop her craft and enrich her musical experience through personal mentorship from Gustavo Dudamel and participation in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts, educational and community programmes.
Her appointment sees her conduct performances of Brahms Symphony No 1 as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Symphonies for Youth” and she will participate as cover conductor working with Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding, Susanna Mälkki, Ludovic Morlot, John Adams and Michael Tilson-Thomas amongst others and serve as mentor through participation with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles
About her appointment Elena Schwarz commented: "I’m truly honoured to have been awarded this opportunity to work alongside Gustavo Dudamel, visiting artists, and the musicians of the LA Philharmonic. I look forward to learning and being inspired by their wonderful music making.”
The Fellowship follows Ms Schwarz’s recent appointments as Assistant Conductor to Mikko Franck at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France which ran concurrently with Joint Assistantships to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Marko Letonja) and West Australia Symphony Orchestra (Asher Fisch). These involved conducting a range of repertoire in concerts, recording sessions and educational programmes and included standing in at very short notice in Paris to conduct a performance of works by Ravel at the Maison de Radio and most recently Bruckner Symphony No 7 at the Festival de Saint-Denis.
Fluent in English, Italian, French and German and resident in Switzerland, Ms Schwarz will conduct orchestras in the 2018/19 season including 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 and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.