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Christian Lindberg’s achievements for the trombone can only be compared with those of Paganini for the violin or Liszt for the piano. Having premièred over 300 works for the trombone (including more than 30 composed by Christian himself), recorded over 70 solo CD’s, and having an international solo competition created in his name in Valencia, Spain, Christian Lindberg is today nothing less than a living legend.
At an early stage of his career he joined Yo Yo Ma and Gidon Kremer as the BBC Music Magazine’s soloist of the year. In 2000, together with Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, he was voted by an international poll the greatest brass players of the 20th century. He was the first Swedish instrumentalist ever to be invited to perform as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 he was artist in residence at the Musikverein in Vienna – the ‘stronghold’ of traditional classical music. Christian Lindberg has worked with practically every major orchestra and conductor in the world today. For a trombonist to achieve all this before turning 50 is, to say the least, remarkable.
Gradually Christian Lindberg has also embarked on two new successful careers as conductor and composer. (Read more about this on Christian Lindberg’s conductor and composer biographies on this website ) Today Christian Lindberg almost exclusively appears as a soloist in programmes where he conducts himself. His future schedule contains only a few exclusive soloistic collaborations such as with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.
He now combines his position as chief conductor of the Arctic Symphony Orchestra with guest conducting the foremost international orchestras and working on composition commissions from international orchestras, ensembles and instrumentalists in combination with his activities as an instrumentalist.
Parallel with all these activities, Christian Lindberg makes sure he can devote some valuable leisure time with his family at their country residence on a peninsula of the beautiful Stockholm Archipelago.
In September 2015 Christian Lindberg was voted “THE GREATEST BRASS PLAYER IN HISTORY” by the worlds biggest classical radio station CLASSICFM, and on the 1st of April Christian Lindberg was given “International Classical Music Award 2016” at the Gala Ceremony in in San Sebastian, Spain. Previous winners were Esa-Pekka Salonen(2011), Krzysztof Penerecki(2012), Charles Dutoit(2013), Aldo Ciccolini(2014) and Dmitri Kitajenko(2015).
On top of this Christian has just signed a 5 year Music Director contract with Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, rated by Israeli Council of Art and Culture, side by side with Israel Philharmonic as the best orchestra in the country.
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