Who is violinist Johan Dalene?

Who is Johan Dalene?

Johan Dalene is a 21-year-old violinist from Sweden who made his big breakthrough in 2019, when he won first prize at the prestigious Carl Nielsen International Competition. Since then he has earned respect for the intelligence of his interpretations, the elegance of his tone and the spontaneity of his performances – notably with the famous Dutch violinist Janine Jansenwith whom he took several courses.

When and where was he born?

He was born in Norrköping, Sweden on August 5, 2000.

Where did he play?

Recently selected as a rising star by the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO), he has performed in venues ranging from Musikverein Wien to Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. From 2019 to 21 he was also BBC Next Generation Artistand gave performances with the BBC Orchestras, which were broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

How did he decide to take up the violin?

Born of two musicians – his mother is a pianist and his father a cellist – Dalene first wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and take up the cello. Concerned, however, that four-year-old Dalene would follow her own path, her father encouraged her to try the violin first and to switch to the cello after a year if he didn’t like it. He ended up sticking to it.

What kind of music does he like to play?

Although he knows the basic repertoire well, he has a weakness for Scandinavian music. Last year he received wide acclaim for his album of Nordic music for violin and piano, as well as for his recording of violin concertos by Nielsen and Sibeliuswhich was released earlier this year.

Does he have other hobbies?

Yes, he is an avid footballer; for a time in his early teens, Dalene was even more enthusiastic about playing football than playing the violin. He also describes himself as a bit greedy and admits a silver lining to lockdown was the chance to watch netflix and learn to cook.

When can I hear him play?

At BBC Proms on Tuesday, July 26, when he plays Barber Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jordan de Souza. Later, on December 16, he returned to London to give a recital of Brahms and Schubert at Wigmore Hall with the pianist Igor Levit and cellist Julia Hagen.

Photo: Mats Backer

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