Nicholas Algot Swensen
Nicholas Algot Swensen, 19 years old, started playing the viola at the age of 7. His first studies were taken with the former professor at the Menuhin academy Johannes Eskær. At age 15 he joined the class of prof. Barbara Westphal at Lübeck Musikhochschule and is currently studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Lars Anders Tomter. Swensen has been awarded numerous prestigious prizes in his home country, Denmark, e.g. the Copenhagen Summer Festival talent prize (in 2018) and grants from Augustinus Fonden (in 2018), Van Hauen Stipendium (2017) Berlingske Fonden (2015) and Jacob Gade Fonden (2015). He has participated in several (chamber) music festivals around the world including Music@Menlo in California, Accademia Isola Maggiore in Italy with prof. Ettore Causa, and Oberstdorfer Musiksommer and has performed chamber music together with prominent groups and soloists such as The Danish String Quartet, Trio Con Brio and Nils Mönkemeyer. Furthermore, Swensen has taken part in masterclasses held by Pinchas Zuckerman, Kim Kashkashian, Jean Sulem and Heidi Castleman.
Besides viola playing Swensen studies conducting at the Malko conducting school of the Danish Radio.