John Lidfors

John Lidfors Conductor Portrait



John Lidfors is Assistant Conductor of the Bochumer Symphoniker and Director of the Bochum Philharmonic Choir. In addition, he is the conductor and artistic director of the Orchester Ventuno - a professional chamber orchestra he founded in the Nuremberg metropolitan region. Having been awarded the 2016 cultural advancement awards of the Region of Middle Franconia and the City of Fürth he is recognized as an “exceptionally talented and capable musician” with a “formidable intellect” captivating audiences and orchestral musicians alike.

Apart from his primary work with established symphony orchestras he also performs with the top choirs of Germany. His concert performances include the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, the South Denmark Philharmonic, the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, the Berlin Radio Choir and the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir. Through the International Conducting Academy Berlin he conducted orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Staatstheater Cottbus and the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt.

In 2016 John Lidfors was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Conducting Academy and assistant conductor of the Aspen Opera Company. He has also participated in masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Simon Halsey and with Neeme Järvi at the first Gstaad Conducting Academy. In 2015 the German Music Council accepted him into their Choral Conductors’ Forum. 

He completed his conducting studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 2010 finishing with top marks and his debut in the Vienna Musikverein. For his outstanding success as a student he was awarded the Janeczek Foundation scholarship for conductors.

Born to American parents living in Germany, John Lidfors learned piano and violin from a young age. As a violinist in the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra he played under maestros such as Mariss Jansons--experiences that were defining for his musical interest and which awakened a fascination for conducting.

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Zwei Geigenspieler des Orchesters Ventuno während einem Konzert.

The Orchester Ventuno was founded by John Lidfors as a new professional chamber orchestra in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region. It seeks to win over its listeners by infusing the musical performance with joyful verve and providing fresh impulses for a gripping concert experience in the 21st century.

Its main focus on the concert repertoire of the 19th and 20th century is complemented by programs creating thematic links to the music from the baroque, classical and modern eras. In June 2013 the orchestra debuted with 21 musicians in concerts in Nuremberg and Ansbach.

One of the orchestra's main objectives is to bring an enthousiasm for classical music to today's young generation through educational outreaches in schools. During each project the orchestra visits a school and presents excerpts of the concert program that are explained in a vivid way to make the music accessible to the students.

The orchestra has been supported by the City of Nuremberg's Department of Culture, the Nuremberg Sparkasse's Cultural Foundation, the STAEDTLER Foundation, the Arts and Culture Foundation of the Nürnberger Nachrichten and by the Region of Middle Franconia.


John Lidfors in action.

Bochumer Symphoniker & Philharmonic Choir of Bochum

February 18, 2018 at 7 PM | Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, Bochum, Germany

Haydn - The Creation

Bele Kumberger, Soprano
Simon Bode, Tenor
Jochen Kupfer, Baritone


Bochumer Symphoniker

March 18, 2018 at 11 AM | Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, Bochum, Germany

Haydn - Symphony No. 94, 'Surprise'

Smetana - Vltava (The Moldau)

Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

Bochumer Symphoniker & Philharmonic Choir of Bochum

June 3, 2018 at 4 PM | Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, Bochum, Germany

Honegger - Le Roi David


John Lidfors | Conductor

Schumann - 4th Symphony

January 11, 2018

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Schumann - Symphony No. 4, 1st mvmt. Magdeburg Philharmonic

John Lidfors on conducting

October 13, 2017

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The mystery of conducting

Interview for VW

September 1, 2017

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3 Questions for John Lidfors


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