Praised by the Epoch Times for his “unusually beautiful and expressive playing,” Swedish cellist Antonio Hallongren is a prizewinner of several international competitions. Highlights of his 2016–2017 season include a solo debut with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the world premiere of a cello concerto, written especially for him, with the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. Hallongren is currently Artist-in-Residence with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra after winning the orchestra’s fellowship competition. As a chamber musician, he has performed with artists such as Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucker of the Emerson String Quartet and Miguel da Silva of the Ysaÿe Quartet. As the Principal Cellist of the Swedish National Youth Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra, he has worked under the batons of world-renowned musicians such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gianandrea Noseda, Alan Gilbert, and Itzhak Perlman. Continuously looking for ways to share his love of chamber music, he is the Artistic Director and cofounder of Avalon Music Consort, which has been producing chamber music concerts in Lövstabruk, Sweden, since 2013. In 2016, he launched the Avalon Young Musicians Prize, a prize for exceptional young classical musicians to encourage careers in classical music. Antonio Hallongren is a graduate of the University of Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama (Sweden), the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and the Juilliard School, where he studied with David Finckel and Richard Aaron. He plays a cello made in 1706 by J. F. Lott, kindly on loan from the Järnåker Foundation.