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The Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, who was born in 1961 in Malmö, received his first training on his instrument at the age of eight from Bo Nilsson. He later studied with Pierre Thibaud at the Paris Conservatoire National de Musique and with Thomas Stevens in Los Angeles. Along with his performances of the classical repertoire, he is intensively committed to new music, and such composers as Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, Hans Werner Henze, Olga Neuwirth, Arvo Pärt, and Mark-Anthony Turnage have written new works for him. One of the works HK Gruber has created for Hardenberger is the trumpet concerto Aerial, which he has to date performed more than 60 times around the world and with which he made his Berlin Philharmonic debut in April 2015. Hardenberger has been invited to perform as a soloist by such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Pierre Boulez, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons, and David Zinman are among his partners on the podium. A few months ago, in May 2015, he gave the world premiere of Turnage’s new trumpet concerto Håkan. In the 2014-15 season he additionally concertized with the Orchestre de Paris, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Gothenburg Symphony and also took part in the Nobel Prize concert with the Stockholm Philharmonic. For some time Håkan Hardenberger has also devoted himself to conducting, and he has led the Dresden Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Northern Sinfonia. As a chamber musician he performs regularly with the percussionist Colin Currie, the pianist Roland Pöntinen, and the organist Jonathan Scott. His artistic work has been documented on more than 20 CDs.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 25 August 1991 playing trumpet concertos by Leopold Mozart and Michael Haydn.