John Lidfors


John Lidfors is a young American conductor trained in Vienna, Aspen and Berlin. In addition to his primary work with established symphony orchestras he also performs with the top choirs of Germany. Having freshly been awarded the 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.

His concert performances include the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, the South Denmark Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Dresden State Operetta, the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, the Berlin Radio Choir and the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir. He was chosen from over 70 applicants as the only candidate to work with Steven Sloane at the International Conducting Academy Berlin where he conducts orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Staatstheater Cottbus and the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt.

In 2016 John Lidfors was a conducting fellow in the Aspen Conducting Academy and was selected as 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.

His collaboration with composers of our day encompasses numerous recordings and premieres. He has conducted various contemporary music ensembles including the Ensemble intercontemporain. An upcoming highlight is the premiere of the opera “Caliban” by Moritz Eggert in a production by Operafront with Lotte de Beer, Steven Sloane and the Ensemble Asko|Schönberg.

John Lidfors is the conductor, artistic director and founder of the Orchester Ventuno - a professional chamber orchestra in Nuremberg, Germany distinguishing itself through stirring concerts and interactive music education in schools.

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 and Gabriel Feltz - experiences that were defining for his musical interest and which awakened a fascination for conducting.

January 2017

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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