Nils Schweckendiek – Professor of Choral Conducting at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki
Nils Schweckendiek studied music at Clare College, Cambridge, and orchestral and choral conducting in Freiburg and Helsinki. Since making his highly successful debut at the Finnish National Opera with Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier in 2006, he has performed with orchestras, ensembles and choirs in many European countries, the United States and China, and appeared at numerous opera houses and festivals, including the Leipzig Opera and Savonlinna Opera Festival.
Nils Schweckendiek is committed to performing the music of our time and has conducted around 100 first performances, including music theatre, orchestral, choral and ensemble works. He has made a number of critically acclaimed CDs for the BIS, Toccata Classics, Alba and ICSM labels, winning several awards.
Since 2007 Nils Schweckendiek has been Artistic Director of the Helsinki Chamber Choir. In 2014 he was appointed Professor of Choral Conducting at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, and from 2017 he has been Artistic Director of the Choir of the Helsinki Music Centre.
He is Founder and Artistic Director of the International Einojuhani Rautavaara Composition Competition. Recent guest conducting has included the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Oulu Sinfonia, RIAS Kammerchor, and the Croatian Radio and TV Choir. The 2019-2020 season includes return visits to the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir Ireland.