Benjamin Shwartz served as music director of the Orkiestra Symfoniczna NFM Wrocław from 2013 to 2016. His tenure coincided with a move to a new state-of-the-art concert hall inaugurated in September 2015 and during 2016, Wrocław’s year as European Capital of Culture. As a guest conductor he has been invited to work with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestras, the BBC Scottish, Tokyo, Iceland and Aarhus Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lille.
In the field of opera, Shwartz made his Oper Köln debut in 2016 with Bernstein’s Candide. Earlier productions include Die Fledermaus and La Bohème at the Royal Swedish Opera, Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict at the Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar, Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, Bellini’s La sonnambula and Gounod’s Faust at the Curtis Institute. In 2017–18 he was invited to conduct the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris in a choreographed production of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto.