The Swedish 27-year old cellist and former KMH student, will on Friday 3 June perform as soloist in Carnegie Hall in New York, as a winner of the New York Concerti Sinfonietta soloist competition "Shining Stars". Antonio will play Thaikovsky's Rococo Variations for cello and orchestra.
Antonio Hallongren is currently living in New York City where he in recent years established a solo and chamber music career.
Highlights during the 2015-2016 season include solo and chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Scandinavia House. Antonio was recently appointed Artist-In-Residence 2016-2017 of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra after winning the orchestra's fellowship competition.
Antonio studied at KMH 2008-2014, and will in 2016 finish his Master studies at the Juilliard School of Music where he has been a student of David Finckel and Richard Aaron.
Antonio is a prizewinner of several Swedish and international competitions. He has been awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, named Best String Player at the Sinfonia-Haverhill Soloist Competition in London and toured Norway in Dvorak's Cello Concerto with Bergen Philharmonics after winning the Nordic Competition Young Soloists in Concert.
As a chamber musicians, Antonio have been performing together with some of the worlds greatest artist such as Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucken from the Emerson Quartet and with Miguel Da Silva from the Ysaye Quartet.
As principal cellist of the Juilliard Orchestra and the Swedish National Youth Orchestra, he has collaborated with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Gilbert, Itzhak Perlman and Ginandrea Noseda.
Antonio is the founder and Artistic Director of Avalon Music Consort, which have been producing Chamber Music Festivals in Lovstabruk, Sweden, since 2013. In 2016, he launched Avalon Young Musicians Prize, a prize for exceptional young classical musicians to encourage a career in classical music.