Australian and Swiss conductor Elena Schwarz studied at the Geneva University of Music in the class of Laurent Gay, subsequently specialising in contemporary performance with Arturo Tamayo at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. She has benefitted from the advice of Peter Eötvös and Matthias Pintscher, and participated in Master Classes with Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival and Neeme Järvi at the Gstaad Festival. A member of Symphony Services International’s Conductor Development Program since 2013, Elena Schwarz has participated in conducting courses with Christopher Seaman, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch and Giordano Bellincampi, and with the West Australian Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestras.
Elena Schwarz is the winner of the first prize at the “Princess Astrid” competition with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Norway) and of the second prize at the 2015 Jorma Panula competition in Vaasa (Finland). In October 2016, she was selected as one of three young conductors supported by the French Performer’s Association Adami.
Recent engagements include the 2016 Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, where she conducted Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto with soloists Renaud Capuçon and Nicholas Angelich and a portrait concert of Olga Neuwirth’s music with the Lucerne Festival Academy during the last Summer Festival.
During 2017 Elena will divide her time between Hobart (TSO), Perth (WASO) and other engagements in Europe.
Elena’s position is funded through the Simon Lee Foundation, which aspires to build an alumni body of young artists in WA that can connect, create and support each other.