WINNER OF THE 2022 SVETLANOV COMPETITION
‘…NO TRACE OF SHOWMANSHIP’
Sean and Heard International, Colin Clarke
Jesko Sirvend most recently attracted international attention by winning the fifth “Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition” in June 2022, where he won not only the 2nd prize but also the prize of the orchestra (no 1st prize was awarded). This is his third major international award, following his participation in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s “Nikolai Malko Competition for Young Conductors” in Copenhagen under jury presidents Lorin Maazel and Sakari Oramo, where he first won 5th prize in 2012, then both 3rd prize and the audience prize in 2015.
In 2014 – 2020 Jesko Sirvend was Associate Conductor of the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and, among other things, music director and moderator of the #IGNITION series. Being awarded with the “European Trend Brand” in 2015, the concert series at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf was considered the most successful youth concert series in Germany and Europe. Invited by Emmanuel Krivine, he made his debut with the Orchestre National de France in September 2016, which led to immediate re-invitations in the same season and an appointment as the orchestra’s ‘Chef Assistant’. He then returned to the Orchestre National de France as guest conductor and opened Radio France’s 2020/21 concert season at the Auditorium of the Maison de la Radio in Paris. From 2009 onwards, Jesko Sirvend shaped the Heidelberg Academic Philharmonic Orchestra as principal conductor for over ten successful years.
In recent years he has worked several times with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie
Rheinland-Pfalz, the Robert Schumann Philharmonie Chemnitz, the Staatskapelle Halle, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bern Symphony Orchestra and the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria.
Jesko Sirvend completed his studies in the conducting class of Michael Luig at the Hochschule für Musk und Tanz Köln with master classes with Jorma Paula, Gunter Kahlert, Johannes Schlaefli and Colin Metters. Prior to Cologne, Jesko Sirvend studied percussion and piano at Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main..