August 2015: The Trumpet Shall Sound with Håkan Hardenberger

Philharmonia Orchestra announces full details of Håkan Hardenberger series, The Trumpet Shall Sound

  • Swedish trumpeter to perform two major concerti and two free concerts at Royal Festival Hall in December 2015 and January 2016
  • Hardenberger works with regular collaborator Andris Nelsons and emerging conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali
  • Hardenberger takes the series to the Royal College of Music for a masterclass on contemporary British concerti with young stars of British trumpet playing

The Philharmonia Orchestra is delighted to announce full details of its 2015/16 series with the world's greatest trumpet player, Håkan Hardenberger: The Trumpet Shall Sound.

Hardenberger performs two contemporary concertos written especially for him – Bernd-Alois Zimmermann's jazz-infused Nobody knows de trouble I see and Rolf Martinsson’s symphonic Trumpet Concerto No. 1, Bridge – at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. He also works with Philharmonia Brass, performing Rautavaara, Piazzolla, Martinsson and Turnage in a pre-concert event, and leads a post-concert performance on the Clore Ballroom Floor.

In collaboration with the Philharmonia, Hardenberger also takes his series to the Royal College of Music (RCM) for a special masterclass. The best young trumpeter from three of the leading British conservatoires – RCM, Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) – with which Hardenberger has a relationship, 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 series follows Hardenberger's most recent appearance with the Philharmonia in 2014/15, when he performed H.K. Gruber’s virtuoso concerto, Aerial, conducted by Andris Nelsons. A former trumpet player himself, Nelsons has a close working relationship with both Hardenberger and the Philharmonia.

Watch two videos about the collaboration:

Håkan Hardenberger said: "My relationship with the Philharmonia goes back over 30 years and it's an honour now to deepen this relationship by letting the trumpet sound with the orchestra in a wide spectrum over a short time. To also be given the possibility within this frame to pass on some of my experience to the younger generation makes it even more enjoyable!"

David Whelton, Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra, said: "Håkan is 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."

“Håkan Hardenberger is a colossus of the trumpet.” The Guardian

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