The cellist and former KMH student Antonio Hallongren have been selected to appear as soloist on May 13 in Brahms double concert with the Venezuela National Orchestra, better known as the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.
The Simon Bolivar Orchestra was founded in Venezuela in 1975, but it was not until Gustavo Dudamel took the orchestra under his wings as it reached international fame. Since then, the orchestra has been visited by classical stars like Itzhak Perlman, Sir Simon Rattle, Yo-Yo Ma and Martha Argerich. And now, the Swedish cellist Antonio Hallongren is ready as a soloist.
Antonio studied at KMH 2011-2014 for Professor Ola Karlsson and currently lives in the United States. After his master's degree at Juilliard School in New York, he made his soloist debut at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and has become famous in national and international media for his "unusually beautiful and expressive playing."
In 2016, Antonio commissioned and premiered the solo work 'Pan' by KMH student Jacob Mühlrad at a concert in Carnegie Hall.
During the season 2016-2017 Antonio is "Artist-in-Residence" at the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra after winning the orchestra's international solo contest. He is also guest at the exclusive Music@Menlo festival in Silicon Valley, California.