Lindberg´s Stunning 2015-16 Season All Set!
We at Arabenne Art Events are proud of releasing Maestro Lindberg´s 2015-16 season including conducting weeks with such great orchestras as Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Nürnberger Symphoniker,  Lithuanian National Philharmonic,  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Ankara and his own Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic to name a few.

Below find the complete schedule up until June 2016, with special personal comments by Maestro Lindberg himself!

23-28 March: Conducting
Ulster Orchestra, Belfast
Christian Lindberg: An all Scandinavian program including the UK/Northern Ireland premiere of my clarinet concerto is the second of two programs I do this season with the wonderful Ulster Orchestra. The young and super amazing clarinetist Emil Jonason is about to tour this piece around the world with premieres scheduled in several countries already this season. In January we go in to the studio together to record this piece for BIS as Emil´s international recording debut.

National Orchestra and Choir of Cluj-Napoca
Christian Lindberg: Mahler´s Second Symphony is probably the most wonderful piece there is to conduct!  I had not heard about the city of Cluj-Napoca until a member of my Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra told me they have one of the greatest choirs in the world, and when they last year invited me to do my first "Rite of Spring" I also found out that they have an absolutely splendid symphony orchestra! And: did you know that this Rumanian city of 2 million inhabitants(including suburbs) is over 2000 years old?

  6-14 April: Conducting
Norwegian Tour with Arctic Philharmonic

Christian Lindberg: Prior to our prestigeous début´s in Musikverein and Salzburg Festspielhaus we are as usual touring Norway with a program featuring the phenomenal DG Artist Pacho Flores from el Sistema, Venezuela. Pacho is one of my absolute favorite musicians and also a very modest and warmhearted man. The program also include Tchaikovsky Symphony no 4, Grieg Peer Gynt Suite and Symphonic Dances.

15-17 April: Conducting
Arctic Phil in Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg
Christian Lindberg: No less than three evenings in a row Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic is guest performer at the prestigeous Salzburg Grosses Festspielhaus. Program include Aagard-Nilsen Boreas Sings, Arutunian Trumpet Concerto, Haydn Trumpet Concerto, Sibelius Finlandia, Grieg Peer Gynt, my own Trumpet Concerto, Tartini Trumpet Concerto and
Grieg Symphonic Dances.

18 April: Conducting
Arctic Philharmonic in Musikverein, Vienna
Christian Lindberg: What can be more prestigeous than to conduct in the divine concerthall Musikverein, Vienna? This afternoon we are performing Grieg´s Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Haydn Trumpet Concerto with DG Artist Pacho Flores and Tchaikovsky Symphony no 4.

21-23 April: Conducting
CD Recording Arctic Philharmonic

Christian Lindberg: After having released Tchaikovsky Symphony no 5 on BIS and receiving stunning reviews for it, we are now continuing our box of Tchaikovsky symphonies with number 4. With this piece we made our German dèbut in Beethovenfest to critical acclaim, and the audience gave us a standing ovation for our performance. 

28 April-2 May: Conducting
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Christian Lindberg: Some years ago I was doing two programs with the fabulous New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, one as a pure soloist and one conducting and playing my own Helikon Wasp and Wagenseil Trombone Concerto. This time I come back in a program conducting the beautiful Symphony No.2 by New Zealand´s own classical composer Douglas Lilburn. Also on the program is the world premiere of Michael Norris’ Claro and Jan Sandström´s Echoes of Eternity for two trombones and orchestra featuring myself and NZSO Section Principal Trombone, David Bremner.

12-16 May: Conducting
Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Lindberg: Back again with one of my favourite orchestra the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Antwerp. The program is a real dream program for me: the world premiere of my piece for Brass Quintet and Sympony Orchestra with the Stockholm Chamber Brass, Bernsteins Suite from On the Waterfront and Sibelius Symphony no 2.

19-24 May: Conducting
Nippon Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra
Christian Lindberg: To work in Japan is the best! Concert halls are always fantastic, the organisations around impeccable, audiences sophisticated and quiet and you are always treated with the greatest hospitality. Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra is in my opinion the best in the country and therefore it is a great honor for me to be invited as conductor with this orchestra, in Stenhammar´s Excelsior!, Beethoven Symphony no 7 and Jan Sandström´s Echoes of Eternity for two trombones and orchestra.  

1-4 June: Soloist with
Zubin Mehta and Bayerische Staats Orchester
Christian Lindberg: It was a true revelation to work with Maestro Mehta first time for me last year. Making his conducting dèbut when I was born 1958 his legacy is enormous, and yet he is one of the most relaxed and down to earth human being I ever met.  He is the only conductor this season that I will work with (apart from myself) and together in Munich  (and possibly Ravenna) we will do the wonderful piece SOLO for trombone and orchestra that Luciano Berio dedicated to me.

15-16 June: Recording
Gubaidulina Transformation

Christian Lindberg: In 1995 the great composer Sofia Gubaidulina dedicated the wonderful piece "Transformation" to me, for Trombone Solo, Saxophone Quartet, Cello, Doublebass and Percussion. It was a joint commission from Trondheim and Turko Festival. Now, 20 years later, I was very intrigued to be approached by the young prizewinning Saxophone Quartet "Sonic Art" to put the piece on CD in Cologne. The recording company producing the CD will be "Genuine Leipzig".

18 June: Recital
Stockholm with Trio Tangophoria

Christian Lindberg: One of the most fun things I have done in a long time, is this fantastic project with my favorite musical partner Roland Pöntinen and my son in law Jens Lundberg. Together we did a CD with music by Piazzolla, and the release tour of more 8 concerts was like a party, particularly momorable was the train journey from Gotherburg to Stockholm in the dining car. This time we are invited by an international organization to perform at the Swedish Academy of Music.

19 June-20 July:

20-25 July: Conducting
Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
Christian Lindberg: Nils Landgren and I have been given "Carte Blanche" to produce two concerts with the Festival Orchestra in the famous Scheswig Holstein Music Festival. The program we have chosen to set up include my orchestral piece Peking Twilight, the two us jointly playing and conducting David Trombone Concerto, Nils performing his own set with the orchestra, and together we end with the spectacular and highly theatrical trombone concerto The Rudolphini Brothers by Fredrik Högberg written specifically for the two of us.

26-30 July: Masterclass 
Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
Christian Lindberg:  In the last millenium I used to do extended masterclasses that my student called "Masterclass from Hell". I was very proud to have some of the greatest trombonists in the world today study with me (Ricardo Casero, Jessica Buzbee, Abbie Conant, Peter Sullivan a.o.) Now, with the enthusiastic and persuasive Wiebke Schwarz being in charge of the masterclasses prestigous Schleswig-Holstein Festival I have decided, 19 years after the last one I did, to take this up again! Important when taking this decision was the fact that I could choose my own accompanist for the students, the excuisite pianist Anders Kilhström. I am now very much looking forwards to take care of my duties for the next generation! Welcome, both active and passive participants!

1-30 August: Period Reserved for Composing
  Trumpet Concerto Commission
Christian Lindberg: When I was principal conductor of the Swedish Wind Ensemble I was lucky enough to have one of the greatest "crossover" trumpet players in the world as principal trumpet. Jonas Lindeborg can play Rock and Roll, Jazz, Baroque, Classical and Contemporary music equally well, and on top of this he is a phenomenal actor. Together with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Västerås Sinfonietta he has commissioned a trumpet concerto from me to be premiered in my hometown Stockholm on the 19 November.

2-6 September: Conducting
 Season Opening Royal Flemish Philharmonic
Christian Lindberg: One of my favorite orchestras on this earth is The Royal Flemish Philharmonic with whom I have had a long and fruitful collaboration as a conductor. Last year´s recording of the Stenhammar Serenade and the stunning reviews we got for it, tightened our relationship even closer, and I am of course immensely proud to have the honor to open their season 2015-16 together with the unbelievable DG trumpet star Pacho Flores. Program include my own trumpet concerto Akbank Bunka as well as a solonumber by me (have not yet decided...) as well as some really powerful Scandinavian masterpieces.

7-10 September: Conducting
Trondheim, Norway
Christian Lindberg: Being almost half Norwegian by now (as principal conducor of Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic) it is of course a great thing to be back in Trondheim to conduct, a city where already very early in my career I was often soloist with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. I also have great memories from conducting "The World of Wind Orchestra", as well as having been part of the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival several times. Program not yet decided.

14-19 September: Conducting
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Christian Lindberg: The Allan Pettersson Project continues to harvest success after success! Recent awards include The Only Swedish Classical Grammy 2015, Critis Choice 2014 in Gramophone Great Britain, Golden Clef ResMusica France, Record of the Year 2014 Audiophile Audition, Record of the Month Classical Music Web etc, etc. This season we are performing and recording his 14th symphony together with my Clarinet Concerto "The Erratic Dreams of Mr Grönstedt" with Emil Jonason as soloist.. 

28 Sept-6 Oct: Conducting
Arctic Philharmonic Norwegian Tour
Christian Lindberg: The phenomenal Cellist Jacob Koranyi has been for many years one of my favorite soloists all categories. It was particularly rewarding when on a program committé meeting with the Arctic Phil I was just about ready to suggest him as a soloist, the solo cellist asked me if I would be willing to consider Jacob as a soloist. What can be better than Elgar´s wonderful concerto, in combination with Nielsen´s Helios Overture and Sibelius 5?

6-18 Oct: Period Reserved for Composing
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Commission
Christian Lindberg: I am ever so thankful to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to have supported me throughout the years in all my musical roles. Particularly rewarding was last years residency when I conducted seven different programs with all in all 21 major works! It seems as if my two pieces Kundraan´s Karma and Peking Twilight in that residency did go down well with the orchestra, as they have commissioned me to write a piece for them for my week in March 2016. Looking very much forwards to that program where my music will be programmed side by side with Bernstein and Nielsen.

18-22 Oct: 15 Year Conducting Jubilee!!
Royal Northern Sinfonia, Great Britain
Christian Lindberg: In 1997 I was soloist with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Musicians told me afterwards that they were impressed with my body language and rehearsing technique telling me I should consider conducting. No way was my answer, but after tough persuasion from the manager Christine Lee I gave in and said I would give it 3 years of study and then accept the invitation from them. In October 2000 I was standing there in front of them shivering, with terrible conducting technique, but The Guardian gave me a stunning 4 star review after the concert, so I second and third orchestra I conducted both offered me to be principal conductor, so I guess I was not completely without talent despite looking like a chicken trying to fly on my first attempts. Today I am more than grateful to this orchestra for having seen my potential, and it is with great pleasure I come back to them to celebrate 15 years of conducting in a program including Weber Oberon, Sibelius 3, my own Kundraan and Wagner´s Wesendonck Lieder.

2-8 November: Conducting
 Nürnberger Symphoniker
Christian Lindberg: An old friend who gave me a stunningly interesting program right in the beginning of my career as conductor (Sibelius, Grieg, Lindberg, Mozart) and today we have done just about all kinds of repertoire together except these two newcomers for Nürnberger Symphoniker: You will here the German première of Allan Pettersson´s unfinished symphony and Högberg´s Spectacular Double Concerto featuring my dear friend trombonist Nils Landgren and me together, programmed side by side with Griegs Sigurd Josalfar, Tchaikovsky´s divine Romeo and Juliet Overture.

16-20 November: Conducting
World Premiére Västerås Sinfonietta
Christian Lindberg: This is a very exciting event for me: Jonas Lindeborg is one of the most original personalities I have met, and at the same time a fantastic artist not afraid of going "all the way", and to conduct the premiére of the trumpet concerto I am currently writing will be extremely exciting. Program also include Bizet Symphony in C, Sibelius Belshazzar´s Feast and Jon Leif´s Variations over a theme by Beethoven.

30 Nov-6 Dec: Conducting + Masterclasses
Taipei Symphony Orchestra
Christian Lindberg: Taiwan and the Taipei Arts Center was always a place I wanted to come back to! Long time ago Roland Pöntinen and I gave a recital there, adn we were amazed over the choice of Grand Pianos there were in the hall: More than 12 Steinways, Bösendorfers and others.The Symphony Orchestra has also been a great friend over the years and this will be the second time I conduct them, now for two weeks in a row! First program features my dear friend Öystein Baadsvik in his own tuba concerto, and also music by Stravinsky, Maw, Takemitsu and myself. Öystein and I will also perform masterclasses over the week.

7-12 December: Conducting
Taipei Symphony Orchestra
Christian Lindberg: The second week has a dream program for me! We present the Asian Première of Allan Pettersson´s 4th Symphony, Bernstein´s wonderful pieces from On the town and I was also given the chance to bring my old friend Roland Pöntinen who plays the almost unkown, but brilliant 3rd Piano Concerto by Tchaikovsky! Also during the week Peter Berggrens movie "Vox Humana" about Allan Pettersson will be shown to the audience so that they better can understand this unique genious.

13 Dec 2015-3 January 2016


4-9 Jan Conducting: Playing and Narrating
DVD Recording Lithuanian National Orchestra
Christian Lindberg: It was such a revelation to work with this orchestra last year in Stravinsky Firebird as well as the world premiere of my 69 minute long trilogy "Kundraan"! From the first minutes we found each other, and the week was one of my most fun weeks I had in a long time! The orchestra also seems to have had a good time, otherwise I guess they would not have given me two weeks this season and this very special DVD recording of my 69 minutes long trilogy "Kundraan". it is rare today to find both true innocent enthusiasm and professionalism on highest international level in orchestras, but this orchestra really showed both the week I was there.

11-15 January: Conducting
CD Recording Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Christian Lindberg: The Allan Petersson Project continues, now it is time for the orchestra and me to record the 14th symphony, that has a barefoot song "Klokar och Knythänder" built in to the symphony. Every time I learn a new score really really well by Allan Pettersson it is strange how I just within that process think it is the greatest symphony of them all. He really never ever has let me down!

18-21 January: Conducting
CD Recording Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Christian Lindberg: A the world première of my clarinet concerto "The Erratic Dreams of Mr Grönstedt" in Gothenburg Emil performed the piece from memory and the audience gave us a standing ovation after 5 seconds. Reviews were also absolutely stunning which have led to several performances all over the world with Emil as soloist (he still has the performance exclusivity). It will be very interesting to be part of Emil´s recording debut on BIS and I wish him all luck with the reception of this CD that Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and I will record with him.

25 Jan-1 February: Conducting
Arctic Philharmonic Norwegian Tour
Christian Lindberg: Time again to tour the wonderful Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra in a program including Stravinsky´s Firebird Suite and Beethoven 5. Among the performances scheduled are opening concert in Nordlys Festival.

  2-6 February CD Recording
 Arctic Philharmonic
Christian Lindberg: After the overwhelmingly positive reviews we got for our recording of Tchaikovsky´s fifth symphony we are now completing our box including the last three symphonies. This week we are recording the 6th symphony, Patetique.

11-12 February: Masterclass
Verona, Italy
Christian Lindberg: There have been an increasing number of trombonists around the world asking me why I so seldom give masterclasses. Well, one reason is lack of time, but feeling responsible for the next generation of trombonists I have this season decided to make it a priority and do one in Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival  in connection with a conducting date, and one in the beautiful city of Verona where I at the same time has been invited to play a recital. 

13 February: Recital
Verona, Italy
Christian Lindberg: I got very curious when one of the oldest music organisations in Italy "Società Amici della Musica di Verona" invited me to do a recital in Verona. When creating the program I took advantage of the fact that this is connected with a trombone masterclass, so not only will there be pieces for trombone and piano (by von Weber, Saint-Saens and Guilmant) but also some of my pieces for 2 3 and 4 trombones, as well as Solo for Sliding Trombone by John Cage and Three Medieval Dances from 1475.

15-19 February: Conducting
  National Orchestra and Choir of Cluj-Napoca
Christian Lindberg: I had not heard about the city of Cluj-Napoca until a member of my Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra told me they have one of the greatest choirs in the world, and when they last year invited me to do my first Rite of Spring I also found out that they have an absolutely splendid symphony orchestra! And: did you know that this Rumanian city of 2 million inhabitants(including suburbs) is over 2000 years old? The music world is really much greater than I ever thought, and to come back now for the third time doing a huge Mahler Symphony is very very exciting! 

22-26 February: Conducting
  Albanian Radio Television Orchestra
Christian Lindberg: Sometimes you meet dedicated musicians who are  also special human beings. One of that kind I met when I conducted in Barcelona two years ago. Mirela Lico was concert master and as such a fine leader as well as a dedicated violinist. Being from Albania she told me about the beautiful city of Tirana and asked me if I would like to come and conduct their radio orchestra in my own works as well as do Brahms Double Concerto with her and her friend Ruslana Prokopenko. I accepted and look very much forwards to visiting this exciting country and to work with their greatest symphony orchestra.

29 Feb-3 March: Conducting
  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Christian Lindberg: The long and fruitful collaboration I have had with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic over the years continues this season as well as the next. This year the orchestra commissions a brand new piece from me and present it side by side with Leonard Bernstein´s On the Waterfront Suite and Nielsen´s exciting Symphony no 5.

7-13 March: Conducting
  Lithuanian National Orchestra
Christian Lindberg: It is with great pleasure that I once again get a chance to work with Pacho Flores, this time in my own trumpet concerto "Akbank Bunka". Also on the program is Nielsens wonderful Alladin Suite and Sibelius 2nd Symphony.

15-19 March: Conducting
Royal Flemish Philharmonic
Christian Lindberg: It is such a pleasure for me to see orchestras around the world take a serious interest in Allan Pettersson! Geert Riem at the Royal Flemish Philharmonic spent a lot of time listening to this genious and his symphony, and found the 4th symphony to be particularly interesting. I totally agree with him, and side by side with Sibelius violin concerto featuring Yossif Ivanov, and Stenhammar Excelsior!.

20-23 March: Conducting
  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic
Christian Lindberg: Two weeks in a row with the same symphony...unusual for me, but quite comfortable to be honest with so many pieces to keep track of over this season! Stockholm Philharmonic was the orchestra where Allan Petterson was employed as Viola Player before he left for a life completely devoted to composing. Symphony no 4 is dedicated to Allan´s mother, and the music has her salvation army songs as well as his father´s violience composed in to it. Also on this program the Scandinavian Premiere of my concerto for brass quintet and symphony orchestra with the Stockholm Chamber Brass.

31 March-2 April
Secret Event to be Announced Feb 2016

4-13 April: Conducting
  Arctic Philharmonic Tour to Svalbard
Christian Lindberg: One of the most important tasks for the Arctic Philharmonic is to perform in the Arctic regions, and after their debut at "Spitsbergen" or "Svalbard" last year it is time again for the orchestra to perform in Longerbyen. Håvard Gimse will be piano soloist in Rachmaninov Piano Concerto, side by side with Brahms Symphony no 1, and Night on Bald Mountain.

18-24 April: Conducting
  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Christian Lindberg: Gregor Zubicky is one of te worlds greatest orchestral general manager. His entrepreneurship has brought this fine orchestra to the major classical concert halls in the world, and their recordings have been praised in most major magazines on earth. It was more than ten years ago that I conducted this orchestra for the first time, and every time I have been back I have enjoyed the rehearsals as well as the concerts immensely. This time the orchestra is co commissioner of my trumpet concerto, but we are also performing the spectacular ouverture by Uno Klami to "The Cobblers on the Heath as well as Schubert´s beautiful 5th symphony.

25-29 April: Conducting
Bergen Norway
Christian Lindberg: Great to be back in Norway again! Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and the city of Edvard Grieg. Already in 1986 I performed there for the first time in the festival as soloist with Neeme Järvi and the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. This will be the third time I come back as a conductor with the wonderful SFMK. We are still in the process of finalizing the program.

11-14 May: Conducting
Chickabone Checkout Swedish Wind Ensemble
Christian Lindberg: One of the highpoints of my career as musician was the commission from Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While sitting in the absolutely packed Orchestra Hall Chicago listening to my own music being premiered I was scared to death waiting for the audience response...but in less than ten seconds after the last note the whole audience were at their feet! Having performed it more than 25 times around the world, Charlie asked me if I would be willing to do a wind band version, and it is exactly that version we will here premiére with my previous beloved orchestra The Swedish Wind Ensemble.

14-22 May: Period reserved for composing
Cheltenham Festival Commission
Christian Lindberg: With my heavy schedule as conductor and soloist, I still enjoy the most all the commissions I get from around the world. To write for the unbeliavable percussionist Dame Evely Glennie is of course a great honor, and even more exciting to play side by side with her in this concerto that I am writing on commission from the Cheltenham Festival, for trombone , Percussion and Orchestra. As you see from the poster above this is a festival with quite a history!

23-29 May: Conducting
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Ankara

Christian Lindberg: When I was approached by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra I must admit that I had no idea that this orchestra was so famous, and had such a fantastic history, with the greatest conductors being guests, and recordings on the highest international level. I accepted of course this prestigeous conducting week with the Van Cliburn Piano Comtepition Prizewinner Beatrice Rana as soloist. Program under discussion.

1 June

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