Swiss-Australian conductor, Elena Schwarz is forging a reputation across different continents for her insightful interpretations, emotional intelligence and an ability to decipher the most complex scores having conducted many premieres and works by Benjamin, Xenakis, Neuwirth, Berio, Donatoni, Lanza, Maor, Streich, Sikora and Filidei. She has been appointed in the newly created role of Associate Conductor to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and has guest conducted orchestras in Germany, Scandinavia, Belgium, Switzerland, France, UK and the USA.
Recent and upcoming include conducting the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Deutsches-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bremen Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony, Helsingborg Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and the Auckland Philharmonia.
Schwarz’s operatic experience includes conducting the revival of Alexander Mørk Einem’s Hansel & Gretel at Norwegian Opera this season. She conducted the world premiere of Adam Maor’s The Sleeping Thousand at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (July 2019) followed by performances in Luxembourg and Lisbon (ENOA). Earlier, she assisted Mikko Franck at the Chorégies d’Orange Festival (Madam Butterfly, Rigoletto) and in Paris (Strauss Elektra), and Kazushi Ono on a new production of Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel in Warsaw (Mariusz Treliński) and at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.