Australian and Swiss conductor Elena Schwarz is the newly appointed assistant conductor to Mikko Franck at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, a position that she holds contemporarily with a joint assistantship between two Australian orchestras, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Elena Schwarz studied conducting at the Geneva University of Music in the class of Laurent Gay, subsequently specializing 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 Australian 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.