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, which has 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 conducting the Copenhagen premiere with the Danish National Symphony as well. 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 Malmo Symphony Orchestra. Across the continents he works with the New Japan Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the 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, Malmo Symphony and Västerås Sinfonietta.
In recital Hardenberger is touring with organist Jonathan Scott, including a concert a Dresden’s Frauenkirche. Other key partnership build the duo with Swedish pianist Roland Pöntinen and with percussionist Colin Currie.
His extensive discography on the Philips, EMI, Deutsche Grammphon and BIS labels includes his latest recording with the Academy of St Martin in 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.