John Lidfors


John Lidfors distinguishes himself as a conductor of penetrating and sensitive musicianship with an uncommonly versatile mastery across the orchestral and vocal spectrum. Currently serving as Assistant Conductor of the Bochum Symphony and Director of the Bochum Philharmonic Choir, he also founded the Orchester Ventuno, a chamber orchestra performing in and around Nuremberg. Recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit he is a recipient of the cultural advancement awards of the Region of Middle Franconia and the City of Fürth.

As an orchestral conductor John Lidfors has performed with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, the South Denmark Philharmonic, the Bochum Symphony, the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, the Brandenburger Symphoniker and the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart. Through the International Conducting Academy Berlin he also worked with orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Staatstheater Cottbus and the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt.

Equally at home in choral music John Lidfors has led performances of choral-orchestral works including Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Honegger’s King David, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, as well as a cappella works such as Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli. In concert he has appeared with the Berlin Radio Choir, the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, the Gaechinger Cantorey, ChorWerk Ruhr and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus.

Deepening his fascination with Italian opera John Lidfors studied with Riccardo Muti at the 2018 Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in Ravenna, Italy focusing on Verdi’s Macbeth. Previously, he served as assistant conductor of the Aspen Opera Company during the 2016 Aspen Conducting Academy. In 2017 he was closely involved in preparing the world premiere of the chamber opera Caliban by Moritz Eggert in a production of the Amsterdam-based company Operafront with Lotte de Beer, Steven Sloane and the Ensemble Asko|Schönberg.

He completed his conducting studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 2010 with his debut in the Vienna Musikverein. He additionally 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 where he has assisted Hans-Christoph Rademann at the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart.

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 his passion for conducting.

(August 2018)

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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