about Nils Schweckendiek
Nils Schweckendiek works chiefly as an opera conductor in his adopted country of Finland, with frequent engagements at Finnish National Opera and the Vaasa Opera.  His performances have included Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Dvorak's Rusalka and Aulis Sallinen’s ballet The Hobbit. Future engagements include the Finnish premiere of Nordgren’s The Black Monk in Vaasa and on DVD, Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at Finnish National Opera, and Tauno Pylkkänen’s The Wolf Bride at Helsinki’s Cable Factory.  Born in Germany, Nils grew up in England and read Music as a Foundation Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, winning several university and college prizes. He then studied conducting with Peter Gülke at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany and with Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.  He has also studied for shorter periods with Pierre Boulez, Neeme Järvi, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Sir Charles Mackerras and Diego Masson.  Nils has conducted numerous orchestras in Finland and Estonia and works regularly with the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and the Utopia Chamber Choir.  He is also active as a composer, collaborating regularly with Shoreham-based painter Susan Haire and Cambridge-based composer Christopher Willis.  He has published articles on Liszt and the Anglo-Catalan composer Roberto Gerhard.
For more information please see Nils’ website at www.schweckendiek.org
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