TrompeteHåkan Hardenberger
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„the best trumpet player in the galaxy“

The Times
6 / 24


Håkan Hardenberger is the greatest trumpet soloist today. Alongside his phenomenal performances of the classical repertory, he is also held in high regard as a pioneer of significant and virtuosic new trumpet works.

Håkan Hardenberger performs with the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Wiener Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Symphony, London Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he regularly collaborates with include Pierre Boulez, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Paavo Järvi, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen and David Zinman.


The works written for and championed by Hardenberger stand as key highlights in the repertory and include those by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Hans Werner Henze, Rolf Martinsson, Olga Neuwirth, Arvo Pärt, Mark Anthony Turnage, Rolf Wallin and HK Gruber’s concerto Aerial, whichhas received in excess of 60 performances by Hardenberger.

In this vein Hardenberger opens his 2013/14 season with the world premiere of the trumpet concerto Dramatis Personae by Brett Dean at the Grafenegg Festival with the Tonkünstler Orchester and John Storgårds, who is also conducting the Copenhagen premiere with the Danish National Symphony. Further premieres include the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and City of Birmingham Symphony, both with Andris Nelsons. Beyond this Hardenberger goes on a tour to South America with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He performs with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and Sinfonieorchester Basel. He marks Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday with a performance of Endless Parade with the BBC Philharmonic and closes the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ Brass Festival in October. He returns to the Stockholm Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. Across the continents he works with the New Japan Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood Festival.

Conducting is becoming an integral part of Håkan Hardenberger’s music making. In 2013/14 he conducts the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, RTE National Symphony Dublin, Real Filharmonia Galicia, Tampere Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony and Västerås Sinfonietta.

In recital Hardenberger is touring with organist Jonathan Scott, including a concert a Dresden’s Frauenkirche.  Other key duo partnerships include Swedish pianist Roland Pöntinen and percussionist Colin Currie.

His extensive discography on the Philips, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and BIS labels include his latest recording with theAcademyofSt Martinin the Fields with new arrangements of popular film- and pop melodies (BIS), a new Gruber and Schwertsik disc with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (BIS) and his trumpet concerto CD with the Gothenburg Symphony (DG).

Håkan Hardenberger was born in Malmö, Sweden. He began studying the trumpet at the age of eight with Bo Nilsson in Malmö and continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire, with Pierre Thibaud and in Los Angeles with Thomas Stevens. He is a professor at the Malmö Conservatoire and the Royal Northern College of Music,Manchester.

SAISON 2013/2014


„Der Held - die Trompete, ausgezeichnet geblasen von Håkan Hardenberger - versucht sich dabei gegen das böse Orchester durchzusetzen. Und so entsteht ein amüsantes, manchmal aber auch ein bewusst sehr chaotisches Zusammenspiel.“

Niederösterreichische Nachrichten, 3.09.2013

„Hakan Hardenberger was the immaculate soloist, fusing the jazzy, the spicily atonal and the phantasmagoric into a deeply expressive whole.“

Evening Standard, Barry Millington, 2.08.12

„The Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger brought admirable focus, clarity, and nuance to a solo part that offered few easy opportunities to ingratiate himself with the audience.“

The Classical Review, David Wright, 6.01.12

„Coming onstage in a very stylish coat of tails carrying three trumpets in hand, Hakan Hardenberger, who has been described as ‘the greatest orchestral trumpet soloist today’, blew the house down. Beginning with the trumpet’s lower and mellower sibling, the flugelhorn, Hardenberger created a sound I cannot ever remember having experienced. It was as if Miles Davis had reappeared transmuted in a most elegant echo, a warm, promising, haunt—a Wow!“

The Boston Musical Intelligencer, David Patterson, 6.01.12

„Hardenberger was a coolly commanding presence on all three instruments, capturing the music’s elusive wedding of melancholy soul and spikey caffeinated energy. His cadenza hovered in an intriguing border zone between jazz and classical.“, Jeremy Eichler, 6.01.12

„Hakan Hardenberger was the impeccable soloist, his virtuosity so demurely devoted to the demands of the music (which encompassed Miles Davis at times) [...].“

The Birmingham Post, Christopher Morley, 18.11.11

„Armed with two instruments and various mutes, Håkan Hardenberger, the best trumpet player in the galaxy, rode with ease through its dizzyingly fast repeated notes and quick-changing colours.“

The Times, Geoff Brown, 15.11.11



Turnage: Speranza & From the WreckageHåkan Hardenberger mit dem London Symphony OrchestraOkt. 2013, LSO Live, CD, Verfügbar bei: iTunes Amazon
Gruber: 3 MOB Pieces - Busking - Schwertsik: Divertimento MacchiatoHåkan Hardenberger mit dem Swedish Chamber OrchestraAug. 2012, BIS, CD, Verfügbar bei: iTunes Amazon
KaléidoscopeOrchesterwerke von Tobias Broström, gespielt mit dem Gävle SymfoniorkestreApr. 2012, Swedish Society, CD, Verfügbar bei: iTunes Amazon
Both Sides, NowHåkan Hardenberger mit der Academy of St Martin in the FieldsFeb. 2012, BIS, CD, Verfügbar bei: iTunes Amazon
HK Gruber: BuskingHardenberger mit Werken von Gruber: Busking, Nebelsteinmusik & Violinkonzert Nr. 1Jan. 2011, BIS, CD, Verfügbar bei: iTunes Amazon
Exposed ThroatHåkan Hardenbergers Solo-CD mit Werken von Gruber, Börtz, Ruders u.a.Jun. 2007, BIS, CD, Verfügbar bei: iTunes Amazon
Schwedische TrompetenkonzerteHardenberger spielt schwedische Trompetenkonzerte von Börtz, Sandström und RabeFeb. 2007, BIS, CD, Verfügbar bei: iTunes Amazon