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, John Storgårds 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.
Following last season’s critically-acclaimed premiere performances of Brett Dean’s trumpet concerto Dramatis Personae; the 2014/15 season brings the concerto to the Boston, Sydney, New Zealand and BBC Symphony Orchestras. Håkan Hardenberger will make his muchanticipated debut with the Berlin Philharmonic with Andris Nelsons, performing Gruber’s Aerial, a concerto which he’ll also perform with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. In May 2015, together with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra and Baldur Brönnimann, Hardenberger will give the world premiere of Mark Antony Turnage’s second trumpet concerto, aptly titled ‘Hakan.’ Further highlights for next season include Orchestre de Paris, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Gothenburg Symphony and performing at the Noble Prize Awards Ceremony in Stockholm with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
Conducting is becoming an integral part of Håkan Hardenberger’s music making. He conducts orchestras such as BBC Philharmonic, 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 tours with organist Jonathan Scott, including at Dresden’s Frauenkirche. He has duo partnerships with 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).
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.