Håkan Hardenberger

Leader / Trumpet

Håkan Hardenberger


Håkan Hardenberger is one of the world’s leading soloists, consistently recognised for his phenomenal performances and tireless innovation. Alongside his performances of the classical repertoire, he is also renowned as a pioneer of significant and virtuosic new trumpet works.

Hardenberger performs with the world’s foremost orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Concertgebouworkest, Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker and London Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he collaborates with include Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and John Storgårds.

The works written for and championed by Hardenberger stand as key highlights in the repertoire and include those by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, HK Gruber, Hans Werner Henze, Betsy Jolas, György Ligeti, Arvo Pärt, Toru Takemitsu, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Rolf Wallin.

This season, Hardenberger celebrates his 60th birthday with many notable concerts, including his birthday celebration concert with his hometown orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. Hardenberger commences this extraordinary 2021/22 season with the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s new Trumpet Concerto with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, followed by the US premiere with co-commissioner Boston Symphony Orchestra, both under the baton of Andris Nelsons. This season also sees Hardenberger’s Artist Portrait with the London Symphony Orchestra, performing Betsy Jolas’ “Histoire vraies” with Sir Simon Rattle as well as the world premiere of Helen Grime’s new Trumpet Concerto with François-Xavier Roth, followed by a tour to Germany and Denmark. Furthermore, he is Artist in Focus with the Seoul Philharmonic, where he will not only play concerto and chamber music concerts but also lead the orchestra in a play-direct programme. Hardenberger also looks forward to returning to the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker at Philharmonie Berlin and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Conducting is an integral part of Hardenberger’s music making. In 2021/22 he conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in a podium swap with Brett Dean. Other key duo partnerships include pianist Roland Pöntinen and percussionist Colin Currie. With the latter Hardenberger released a duo recording featuring duo works by composers such as Brett Dean and André Jolivet.

Hardenberger’s prolific discography on the BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, and Philips labels include “Stories” (BIS) featuring trumpet concertos by Sally Beamish, Betsy Jolas and Olga Neuwirth as well as his latest release “The Brandenburg Project” for which Hardenberger recorded Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 paired with Steven Mackey’s “Triceros” with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard.

From 2016 to 2018 Hardenberger was the Artistic Director of the Malmö Chamber Music Festival. 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.