John Lidfors


John Lidfors is the conductor, artistic director and founder of the Orchester Ventuno - a professional chamber orchestra in Nuremberg, Germany. An “exceptionally talented and capable musician” with a “formidable intellect”, he draws in audiences and musicians through a compelling podium presence and engaging concert experiences.

Equally at home in the orchestral and choral fields, he has performed with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, the South Denmark Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of the Rousse State Opera and top choirs such as the Berlin Radio Choir, the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and the International Bach Academy Stuttgart.

John Lidfors completed his conducting studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 2010 with his debut in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. He was a conducting fellow in the 2016 Aspen Conducting Academy and participated in the first Gstaad Conducting Academy with Neeme Järvi. He also received further training from John Nelson, Jorma Panula, Simon Halsey, Helmuth Rilling and Hans-Christoph Rademann. In 2015 he was accepted into the Choral Conductors’ Forum of the German Music Council. 

Born in 1986 to American parents living in Germany, John Lidfors was a violinist in the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra where he had the opportunity of playing under Mariss Jansons and Gabriel Feltz - experiences which ignited his fascination for conducting.

September 2016

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Short Profile

NameLidfors, John
Home LocationFürth, Germany
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages German,  French 
attended UniversitiesUniversity of Music and Performing Arts Vienna