Benjamin Shwartz was a sensation... With his clear insight and perfection of technique, together with the highly motivated orchestra, he produced an air of excitement and cultivated sound.
Shwartz served as Music Director of the Orkiestra Symfoniczna NFM Wrocław, from 2013 to 2016. His tenure coincided with a move to a new state-of-the-art concert hall inaugurated in September 2015 and during Wrocław’s 2016 title of European Capital of Culture.
As a guest conductor, he has been invited to work with orchestras like the Royal Stockholm, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gulbenkian, BBC Scotland, Tokyo, Iceland, Aarhus Symphony orchestras, as well as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St Paul Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre National de Lille.
In the field of opera, Shwartz did his Oper Köln debut in 2016 with Bernstein’s Candide. Earlier productions include Die Fledermaus and La bohème at the Royal Swedish Opera, Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict at the Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar, Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, Bellini’s La sonnambula and Gounod’s Faust at the Curtis Institute. In 2017-18, he has been invited to be conduct the Orquestre de l’Opéra National de Paris in a choreographed production of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Salonen’s Violin Concerto.