Jonathan Swensen, cello and Marianna Shirinyan, piano

The Angela and William Haines Young Concert Artists Residency March 2021

Residency Events March 2021

Virtual Concert
Premiering on the IC School of Music YouTube channel
Monday, March 22, 2021  |  7:00 p.m. EDT

Virtual Masterclass for students
Tuesday, March 23, 2021  |  7:00 p.m.

The Artists

Jonathan Swensen first fell in love with the cello upon hearing the Elgar Concerto at the age of six, and ultimately made his concerto debut at the age of twenty performing that very piece with Portugal’s Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. Since then, he has appeared with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Venice State Symphony Orchestra, Denmark’s Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and Poland’s NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra.

Mr. Swensen has captured First Prizes at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition, and 2019 Windsor International String Competition. In his native Denmark, he was recipient of the Jacob Gades Scholarship in 2019, the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize in 2017, and First Prize at the 2016 Danish String Competition.

Mr. Swensen has made debuts with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Phiharmonia Orchestra at Windsor Castle and Sun Symphony Orchestra in Vietnam, and he recently performed a reengagement with Denmark’s Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.

In the United States this past season, the Young Concert Artists Series presented Mr. Swensen’s recital debuts in New York on the Michaels Award Concert at Merkin Concert Hall, and in Washington, DC on the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. This season, he gives recitals at the Friends of Music Concerts Series, the Jewish Community Alliance in Jacksonville, FL, and on the YCA “Encores” Series at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

Recent recital and chamber music appearances outside of the U.S. have included a return to Armenia to take part in the Khachaturian Festival in Yerevan, the Usedomer Musikfestival in Germany, the Tivoli Festival in Copenhagen and a South Korean debut at the Seoul Arts Centre. He is also a frequent performer at festivals in Denmark, including the Schubertiaden, the Copenhagen Summer Festival and the Hindsgavl Summer Festival.

A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Jonathan Swensen studies with Professor Torleif Thedéen at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He also begins his graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music this year.


Armenian-born Marianna Shirinyan is one of the most creative and sought after pianists in Europe today. Her vibrant and virtuosic musicianship puts her in demand, both as soloist and as chamber musician. Shirinyan plays with great sensitivity, understanding, technical brilliance and beauty of tone, which allows her to offer a wide range of repertoire. Her love for the music and her joy in sharing it with a larger audience are apparent in her performances.

She has received Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s prestigious P2 award for her contribution to Danish music life and the critics prize of the association of Danish critics. She is a frequent guest at a string of international music festivals, among them the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Bodensee Festival, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, MDR Summer Music Festival, Festspillene in Bergen.

Simultaneously she has won a reputation as one of this generation's leading pianists through solo appearances with orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestras, Munich Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice to name a few. She enjoyed collaborations with conductors such as Michael Balke, Lawrence Foster, Zoltan Kocsis, Antonello Manacorda, Jun Märkl, Eva Ollikainen, Daniel Raiskin, Lan Shui, Thomas Søndergård, Marc Soustrot, Krysztof Urbanski and Joshua Weilerstein.

Shirinyan is a professor of piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, a Steinway artist and artistic director of the Oremandsgaard Chamber Music Festival in Denmark. From the summer 2020 also co-artistic director of the Valdres Sommersymfoni in Norway.

Shirinyan has a bright discography. All the CD’s have been received enthusiastically by international reviewers and listeners alike. Her latest release, Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra by Louis Glass, recorded with the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz under the baton of maestro Daniel Raiskin, was awarded the P2 prize of the Danish radio in 2018.

Concert Program

Fünf Stücke im Volkston, op. 102 (Five Pieces in Folk Style) Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Vocalise-étude en forme de Habanera Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Deux mélodies hébraïques, M. A22

Maurice Ravel

Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, op. 19
     I. Lento - Allegro moderato
     II. Allegro scherzando
     III. Andante
     IV. Allegro mosso

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)