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 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, Brett Dean, Hans Werner Henze, Rolf Martinsson, Olga Neuwirth, Arvo Pärt, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Rolf Wallin and HK Gruber’s concerto Aerial, which has received its 70th performance by Hardenberger with Berlin Philharmonic this year.
In summer 2015 he returns to the Tanglewood Music Festival performing Brett Dean’s trumpet concerto Dramatis Personae, followed by tour concerts with Boston Symphony and Andris Nelson at the BBC Proms, Lucerne Festival and Philharmonie Cologne. The latter concert marks the opening of Hardenberger’s Residency at the Philharmonie in 2015/16. He returns to Cologne with Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Steven Mackey’s take of Bach’s Brandenburg concerto No.2 on tour and with Mahler Chamber Orchestra playing Mark Antony Turnage’s 2nd trumpet concerto Håkan. He opens the "The Trumpet Shall Sound", a highly anticipated trumpet celebration with the Philharmonia Orchestra, including the Zimmermann and Martinsson concertos, a brass and late night programme, culminating in a public masterclass at the Royal College of Music.
Further highlights in 2015/16 present the world premieres of Thierry Pecou’s trumpet concerto with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/ Mikko Franck and Betsy Jolas’s double concerto with pianist Roger Muraro and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo/ Kazuki Yamada; the opening concert of Malmö’s new concert hall and with Dresdner Staatskapelle, BBC Scottish and Gothenburg Symphonies, Bergen Philharmonic, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Galicia, Toronto Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Taipei Symphony.
Conducting has become an integral part of Hardenberger’s music making. He conducts orchestras such as BBC Philharmonic, St Paul and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, Dresden Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Dublin, Real Filharmonia Galicia and Malmö Symphony.
In recital he has duo partnerships with pianist Roland Pöntinen and percussionist Colin Currie.
His extensive discography on the Philips, EMI, Deutsche Grammphon, BIS and Ondine labels includes his latest recording with Bergen Philharmonic/ John Storgårds of Rolf Wallin’s concerto Fisher King. Previous discs feature the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with new arrange-ments of popular film- and pop melodies (BIS), a 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.