cellist & conductor
"So impressive was Hallongren’s command of his instrument, the audience spontaneously broke into applause at the same spot in the middle of both performances. This was cello playing of the very highest order, displaying apparently limitless resources."
The Epoch Times, New York
Praised by The Epoch Times New York for his "...unusually beautifully and expressive playing," Swedish cellist Antonio Hallongren enjoys a diverse & international career as soloist, chamber & orchestra musician. Highlights of past and coming seasons includes invitation for solo appearances with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the Nordic Chamber Orchestra. Antonio also served as Artist-In-Residence for the 2016-2017 season of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra after winning the orchestra's intrenational soloist competition.
Antonio is a prizewinner of several Swedish and international competitions. He recently made his Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall debut in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme as the winner of New York Concerti Sinfonietta’s soloist competition. He has been awarded prizes by the Swedish Academy of Music, was named Best String Player at the Sinfonia-Haverhill Soloist Competition in London, and toured Norway performing Dvorak's Cello Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonics after winning the Nordic competition Young Soloists in Concert.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Hallongren has performed alongside world-renowned artists such as Michael Amory (Brentano Quartet), Miguel Da Silva (Ysaÿe Quartet), Robert McDonald, Staffan Scheja, and Eugene Drucker & Philip Setzer (Emerson String Quartet). He has been invited to some of the worlds most selective chamber music institutes and festivals such as Music@Menlo, Kronberg Festival and FourSeasons. As the principal cellist of the Juilliard Orchestra and the Swedish National Youth Orchestra, Antonio has worked under the baton of Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Gianandrea Noseda, Itzhak Perlman and Esa-Pekka Salonen,
Continuously looking for ways to share his love of chamber music, he is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Lövstabruks Kammarmusikfestival, founded in 2013. In 2016, he launched Ungdomspriset, a prize for exceptional young classical musicians to encourage a career in classical music.
Hallongren is a graduate of the Master of Music program at the Juilliard School where he was a student of David Finckel and Richard Aaron.
Past teachers includes Ola Karlsson, Julia Lichten, Mats Rondin & Harro Ruijsenaars.
Antonio plays a cello by J.F Lott made in 1727, kindly on loan from the Järnåker Foundation.