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Meet the Artistic Partners

Meet the Artistic Partners


See what the partners have to say for themselves! Watch videos from:
Eric Jacobsen: https://youtu.be/XQcBSCCelmI
David Lockington: https://youtu.be/LvPM5etNNzc
Joseph Swensen: https://youtu.be/nkr6_zC-rDk

Eric Jacobsen - click for full bio

Hailed by the New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects. As co-founder and Artistic Director of the adventurous orchestra The Knights and a founding member of the genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider, Jacobsen, along with his brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen, was awarded a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in 2012.

In the 2014-15 season Jacobsen celebrates his first season as Music Director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and Artistic Partner with the Northwest Sinfonietta. He also looks forward to guest conducting the Orlando Philharmonic, Deutsche Philharmonie Merck, and Silk Road Ensemble, besides touring with The Knights in the U.S. and Europe. Jacobsen serves on the faculty of New York University, conducting its orchestras and teaching both cello and chamber music. An avid educator, he has also led collaborative concerts in which Children’s Orchestra Society students sit alongside members of The Knights.

David Lockington - click for full bio

Over the past thirty-five years, David Lockington has developed an impressive conducting career in the United States. A native of Great Britain, he served as the Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony from January 1999 to May 2015, and is currently the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate. He has held the position of Music Director with the Modesto Symphony since May 2007 and in March 2013, Mr. Lockington was appointed to the same position with the Pasadena Symphony. He also has a close relationship with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain where he is currently the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, and beginning with the 15/16 season he will be one of three Artistic Partners with the Northwest Sinfonietta in Tacoma, Washington.

David Lockington began his career as a cellist and was the Principal with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two years. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cambridge, Mr. Lockington came to the United States on a scholarship to Yale University where he received his Master's degree in cello performance and studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller. He was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and served as assistant principal cellist for three years with the Denver Symphony Orchestra before turning to conducting.

Joseph Swensen - click for full bio

Mr. Swensen enjoyed a highly acclaimed career as a solo violinist and chamber musician before turning to conducting. He attended Juilliard as a student of the renowned pedagogue Dorothy Delay, studied chamber music with Robert Mann, Leonard Rose and Felix Galimir and composition with David Diamond and Vincent Persechetti, and also studied privately with Isaac Stern over a ten year period. Currently Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Joseph Swensen was Principal Guest Conductor & Artistic Adviser of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris from 2009-2012, Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 1996-2005, Principal Conductor of the Malmö Opera (2007-2011), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Lahti Symphony and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

An active guest conductor, Mr. Swensen has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto, St. Louis, Rochester, Colorado and New World symphonies among others in North America as well as the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra (London), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Oslo and Stockholm Philharmonics, Finnish and Swedish Radio Orchestras and the Orchestra of Toulouse, where he recently completely his first Mahler Symphony cycle. Mr. Swensen will also be one of three Artistic Partners with the Northwest Sinfonietta in Washington during the 15/16 season.

Yaniv Attar - click for full bio 

Guest Conductor, November 2017 "Tales of Hope & Heroism"

A native of Israel, Yaniv Attar is the 1st prize winner of the Duna Szimfonikus Conducting Competition Budapest, two-time recipient of the Georg Solti Foundation US Award, and the 2009 Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award. Attar is the Music Director of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham. Highlights of past seasons included collaborations with artists such as James Ehnes, Alex Klein, Jennifer Koh, and Gil Shaham. Prior to his current music directorships, Attar was Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Drawn to orchestral conducting from early age, Attar has studied with Israel Edelson in Jerusalem, Virginia Allen at the Juilliard School in New York and Neil Thomson at the Royal College of Music in London, where he was also the Associate Conductor and co-founder of the Tempus Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, Attar earned his Doctor of Music degree from McGill University where he studied under the tutelage of Alexis Hauser. Attar also studied with Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Janos Fürst, David Effron, Donald Thulean and Michael Jurowski. 

Attar is also an accomplished classical guitarist, having studied under Sharon Isbin at Juilliard, and for whom he served as teaching assistant at the Aspen Music Festival from 2003 to 2005. Attar was the first guitarist to win the Aviv Competition Prize in Israel and the Concerto Competition at the Juilliard School. He lives in Bellingham with his wife Meredith and two children, Jonah and Lyla.

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