John Lidfors


John Lidfors is Assistant Conductor of the Bochumer Symphoniker and Director of the Bochum Philharmonic Choir. In addition, he is the conductor and artistic director of the Orchester Ventuno - a professional chamber orchestra he founded in the Nuremberg metropolitan region. Having been awarded the 2016 cultural advancement awards of the Region of Middle Franconia and the City of Fürth he is recognized as an “exceptionally talented and capable musician” with a “formidable intellect” captivating audiences and orchestral musicians alike.

Apart from his primary work with established symphony orchestras he also performs with the top choirs of Germany. His concert performances include the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, the South Denmark Philharmonic, the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, the Berlin Radio Choir and the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir. Through the International Conducting Academy Berlin he conducted orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Staatstheater Cottbus and the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt.

In 2016 John Lidfors was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Conducting Academy and assistant conductor of the Aspen Opera Company. He has also participated in masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Simon Halsey and with Neeme Järvi at the first Gstaad Conducting Academy. In 2015 the German Music Council accepted him into their Choral Conductors’ Forum.

He completed his conducting studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 2010 finishing with top marks and his debut in the Vienna Musikverein. For his outstanding success as a student he was awarded the Janeczek Foundation scholarship for conductors.

Born to American parents living in Germany, John Lidfors learned piano and violin from a young age. As a violinist in the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra he played under maestros such as Mariss Jansons--experiences that were defining for his musical interest and which awakened a fascination for conducting.

September 2017

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Short Profile

NameLidfors, John
Home LocationBochum, Germany
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages German 
attended UniversitiesUniversity of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Berlin University of the Arts