Hakan 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 many significant and virtuosic new trumpet works.
Hakan Hardenberger performs with the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago 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 and Mark Anthony Turnage and HK Gruber's concerto Aerial, which has received in excess of 60 performances by Hardenberger.
Highlights in 2011/12 include Hardenberger's debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing the US premiere of the Turnage concerto. Europe sees him on an extensive anniversary tour of Scandinavia (including Stockholm, Gothenburg, Copenhagen and Helsinki) with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, involving new film and pop tune arrangements, which will be released on CD by BIS. Further concerts include the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Zurich and Madrid) and the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, both with Andris Nelsons, the Tonknstler Orchestra (Vienna and Salzburg) and the Orquestra de Valencia with John Storgrds before he returns to the Musikverein with Vienna Symphony.
Hardenberger is Artist in Residence at the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne presenting a variety of concerts including the world premiere of Rolf WallinÕs concerto with Jukka Pekka Saraste and play/direct programme. He performs the Norwegian premiere of the concerto with the Stavanger Symphony and the UK premiere with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Further afield he is play conducting the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Gävle Symphony.
Following great international acclaim including performances in the USA and the Far East, Hardenberger returns with percussionist Colin Currie to the UK. They present new works by Lucas Ligeti, Christian Muthspiel and Tobias Brostrm. Another key partnership builds the duo with Swedish pianist Roland Pöntinen.
Hardenberger's extensive discography on the Philips, EMI and BIS Records labels includes a disc with Gruber's second trumpet concerto Busking with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (BIS) and a concerto CD (Turnage, Gruber, Eotvos) with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Peter Eotvos (Deutsche Grammophon).
Hakan Hardenberger was born in Malmo, Sweden. He began studying the trumpet at the age of eight with Bo Nilsson in Malm and continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire, with Pierre Thibaud and in Los Angeles with Thomas Stevens. He is a professor at the Malmo Conservatoire and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.