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Hardenberger turns 60

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Believe it or not, but world-famous Swedish trumpetist Håkan Hardenberger celebrates his 60th birthday in 2021! One of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra’s closest friends, he has joined the orchestra on more than 50 concerts since 1986, as well as for tours of Germany and Asia.

This time, he performs the rarest of gems: a trumpet concerto by Mieczysław Weinberg, friend and colleague to Shostakovich. A brash and brazen piece that is as razor sharp as it is carefree, whose music caresses and toys with listeners , unconsciously revealing its vulnerability as it does so. These melancholic melodies, passing twists and turns and passages tripping over their own feet are tailor-made for Håkan Hardenberger’s genius.

Hardenberger, who is viewed by many as the most important trumpet player of our age, has toured with orchestras like the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra as a soloist. Listen to the unforgettable sound of his trumpet.

Håkan Hardenberger is joined by American conductor Ryan Bancroft, who quickly became a household name on the international music scene after winning the Malko Competition for Young Conductors in 2018.

Dirigenten Ryan Bancroft lutar sig över ett notblad med pennan i hand, det går ljusstrålar från notbladet.

This concert marks his debut with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and includes Schumann’s Symphony No.4, a work of pure romance that wears its heart on its sleeve for all the world to see. It overflows with joyous emotions, contrasted by the melancholy that slowly turned into pitch-black despair for Schumann. As if the composer thought: “Let us share this happiness while we still can!”


Shaw Entr'acte
12 min

Vajnberg Trumpet Concerto, op 94
25 min

R Schumann Symphony No 4
29 min


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Ryan Bancroft conductor

Håkan Hardenberger trumpet

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