Since February 2017, Johannes Gustavsson has been the artistic leader of The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra.
Johannes Gustavsson is noted for his energy, charisma, poise and sensitivity – qualities that have put him in serious demand as a symphonic and operatic conductor across the Nordic region and beyond. He works regularly with all the major orchestras in his native Sweden including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras. In Norway he enjoys relationships with the Oslo Philharmonic and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestras and KORK, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
Johannes was appointed chief conductor of Wermland Opera in Sweden at the start of the 2015/16 season. He has held senior conducting posts at the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Västerås Sinfonietta, the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and at the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, where he has led the ensemble as chief conductor since 2012.
Johannes was born in 1975 in Vänersborg and studied viola with Lars Anders Tomter, subsequently pursuing conducting studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Ole Kristian Ruud and Olav Anton Thommessen. He took additional lessons from Simon Streatfeild and the great Finnish conducting instructor Jorma Panula. Johannes was the first artist to be awarded both the Swedish Conductor’s Prize and the Herbert Blomstedt Award. He was a prizewinner at both the Solti Conducting Competition in Frankfurt and the Toscanini Competition in Parma.