Håkan Hardenberger is the greatest trumpet soloist today and it is not only for his phenomenal virtuosity that he is held in such high regard. Alongside the classical repertory Hardenberger is the most noted pioneer of new trumpet works. Håkan Hardenberger performs with the world's leading orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, London Symphony, The Philharmonia, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he regularly collaborates with include Pierre Boulez, Mikko Franck, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Paavo Järvi, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Storgårds, Thomas Dausgaard and David Zinman. The works written for, and championed by Hardenberger, stand as key highlights in the repertory and include works of Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Hans Werner Henze, Rolf Martinsson, Olga Neuwirth, Arvo Pärt and Mark Anthony Turnage and HK Gruber's concerto Aerial, which has received in excess of 50 performances by Hardenberger.
Hardenberger's extensive discography on the Philips, EMI and BIS Records labels includes his most recent solo CD (BIS), and a disc of Turnage, Gruber and Eotvös works with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Peter Eötvös (Deutsche Grammophon). He recently recorded Neuwirth miramondo multiplo with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Ingo Metzmacher (Kairos) and Gruber Busking with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (BIS), release 2010.
Highlights in 2009/10 include appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, a Spanish tour with the London Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding ending in London, concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons in Birmingham and Germany, Dresdner Philharmonie, Helsinki Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic. Hardenberger extends his play and direct activities in performances with the Helsinki Philharmonic and at Malmö Opera, conducting Stravinsky's opera Oedipus Rex.
Following the world premiere of Francesconi's new work Hard Pace with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano, Hardenberger looks forward to further premieres this season with Bergen Philharmonic and Radio Symphony Frankfurt. Gruber's new concerto Busking receives its US premiere with St Paul Chamber Orchestra, the UK premiere with BBC Philharmonic.In recital, Hardenberger has key partnerships with pianists Roland Pöntinen and Jan Lundgren, Swedish poet Jacques Werup and with percussionist Colin Currie.
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 both 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.