Jonathan Swensen, cello and Adam Golka, piano


Jonathan Swensen

Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m.
Weis Center Concert Hall

At the Weis Center, they will perform:

  • J. S. Bach Sonata for Viola da Gamba in G minor, BWV 1029
  • Witold Lutoslawski Grave for cello and piano
  • Felix Mendelssohn Sonata for cello and piano No.2 in D Major, Op.58
  • Ernest Chausson Pièce for cello and piano, Op.39
  • César Franck Sonata in A Major for cello and piano

Rising star of the cello Jonathan Swensen is the recipient of the 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant and was featured as both Musical America's New Artist of the Month and One to Watch in Gramophone magazine. Swensen fell in love with the cello upon hearing Edward Elgar's Concerto at the age of 6, and ultimately made his concerto debut performing that very piece with Portugal's Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. Swensen captured first prizes at the 2019 Windsor Festival International String Competition, 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition and the 2018 Young Concert Artists International auditions in 2018. A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, he continued his studies with Torleif Thedéen at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory, where he received his artist diploma in May 2023.

Adam Golka sitting in front of a piano

Polish-American pianist Adam Golka first performed all of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas when he was 18 years-old, and he returned to the complete cycle in 2020-2021 for performances in NYC, Orlando, and Houston. He also presented all-Beethoven live streams for presenters in Ventura, CA, El Paso, TX, Sitka. AL, Spokane, WA and the Library of Congress during the COVID shutdowns. Adam's performances and presentations were complemented by 32 short films he created, known as '32@32' featuring not only conversations with musical legends such as Alfred Brendel and Leon Fleisher, but also extra-musical discussions such as those with an astrophysicist, philosopher, magician, painter, and a child, to name only a few. As a concerto soloist, Adam has appeared as soloist with dozens of orchestras. Adam resides in New York City and serves as an Artist-Teacher of Piano at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ticket Information

Adults: $25
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $20
Youth 18 and under: $15
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $15
Bucknell students (limit 1): Free
Non-Bucknell students: $15

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