Philharmonia Orchestra 2015/16 Håkan Hardenberger Series

The Philharmonia Orchestra have announced details of Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger’s series of concerts with the orchestra, The Trumpet Shall Sound. He’ll perform two major concerti – Bernd-Alois Zimmermann’s jazz-infused Nobody knows de trouble I see and Rolf Martinsson’s symphonic Trumpet Concerto No. 1, Bridge – plus two free concerts at Royal Festival Hall in December 2015 and January 2016.

I’m particularly interested Hardenberger’s series of masterclasses he’ll be running at the Royal College of Music in London. The best young trumpeter from three of the leading British conservatoires – Royal College, Royal Academy, and Royal Northern College of Music will perform a contemporary British trumpet concerto from composers associated with each institution: Mark-Anthony Turnage (RCM), Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (RAM) and Sir Harrison Birtwistle (RNCM).

The press release for the series quotes Managing Director David Whelton discussing Hardenberger’s influence: “He’s an inspirational figure in the music world. His commitment to widening the repertoire for the trumpet, and his enthusiasm for his instrument and new music particularly, sets the standard by which other trumpeters are judged.”

I concur. I’ve long regarded Hardenberger as a bit of a rockstar. Brass-playing friends would often mention his name and nod in quiet respect. The trumpeter still maintains a cool demeanour that gives off a likeability as endearing as his playing.

A great partnership too which demonstrates the orchestra’s ongoing commitment to new music and rich educational endeavours. Really looking forward to it.

The Trumpet Will Sound series gets underway on 6 December 2015. More information about the events including some cracking interviews and discussions can be found on the Philharmonia Orchestra website.

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