Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 7:30pm
Herbst TheatreVenue Information
Works by ANTHEIL, STENHAMMAR, GERSHWIN, NEWMAN, THOMSON and others to be announced
About This Performance
Phenomenal trumpet master Håkan Hardenberger—who the Berlin Morning Post called “an ultrasound virtuoso”—returns to SF Performances with pianist-composer Roland Pöntinen. Their recital program mixes modern and contemporary Swedish and American music inspired by folk, jazz and pop music from both sides of the Atlantic.
“Technically faultless, his tone was brilliant when required, but there was also little of the supple breathiness one might expect from a jazz soloist, which brought warmth and vulnerability.”
Håkan Hardenberger is one of the world’s leading soloists, consistently recognized for his phenomenal performances and tireless innovation. Alongside his performances of the classical repertory, he is also renowned as a pioneer of significant and virtuosic new trumpet works.
Håkan Hardenberger performs with the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Wiener Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Symphony, London Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he regularly collaborates with include Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Paavo Järvi, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, John Storgårds and David Zinman.
The works written for and championed by Hardenberger stand as key highlights in the repertory and include those by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, Hans Werner Henze, Rolf Martinsson, Olga Neuwirth, Arvo Pärt, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Rolf Wallin and HK Gruber’s concerto Aerial, which has received its 70th performance by Hardenberger with Berlin Philharmonic this year.
In summer 2015 he returned to the Tanglewood Music Festival performing Brett Dean’s trumpet concerto Dramatis Personae, followed by tour concerts with Boston Symphony and Andris Nelsons at the BBC Proms, Lucerne Festival and Philharmonie Cologne. The latter concert marked the opening of Hardenberger’s Residency at the Philharmonie in 2015–16. He returned to Cologne as part of a tour with Swedish Chamber Orchestra, playing Steven Mackey’s new response to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and with Mahler Chamber Orchestra playing Turnage’s 2nd trumpet concerto Håkan. He also is at the centre of The Trumpet Shall Sound, a highly anticipated series of concerts and events with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Also this season, Hardenberger presents the world premieres of Thierry Pecou’s trumpet concerto with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Mikko Franck and Betsy Jolas’s double concerto with pianist Roger Muraro and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo/Kazuki Yamada; the opening concert of Malmo’s new concert hall and with Dresdner Staatskapelle, BBC Scottish and Gothenburg Symphonies, Bergen Philharmonic, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Galicia, Toronto Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Taipei Symphony.
Conducting has become an integral part of Hardenberger’s music making. He conducts orchestras such as BBC Philharmonic, St Paul and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, Dresden Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Dublin, Real Filharmonia Galicia and Malmo Symphony. In recital he has duo partnerships with pianist Roland Pöntinen and percussionist Colin Currie. He is also Artistic Director of Malmö Chamber Music, a new international chamber music festival, launching in September 2016.
His extensive discography on the Philips, EMI, Deutsche Grammphon, BIS and Ondine labels includes his latest recording with Bergen Philharmonic/John Storgårds of Rolf Wallin’s concerto Fisher King. Previous discs feature the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with new arrangements of popular film and pop melodies (BIS), a Gruber and Schwertsik disc with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (BIS) and his trumpet concerto CD with the Gothenburg Symphony (DG).
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.
Since his debut with the Royal Stockolm Philharmonic in 1981, Roland Pöntinen has performed with major orchestras throughout the world. He has been invited to many prestigious festivals including Schleswig-Holstein, Klavier-Festival Ruhr and La Roque d’Anthéron and worked with conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Evgeny Svetlanov and Leif Segerstam to name a few. Highlights include performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Paris and London, Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Hollywood Bowl, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as appearances at the London Proms where he has played both the Grieg Piano Concerto and the Ligeti Piano Concerto.
Thanks to an insatiable musical appetite and a stupendous technique he has acquired a vast repertoire ranging from Bach to Ligeti. The emphasis is on the ”golden era” in piano literature from the 19th century—through the first half of the 20th century with composers such as Debussy, Busoni, Szymanowski and Rachmaninov. Often immersed in large scale projects Pöntinen has recently performed the complete cycles of Beethoven Sonatas and Années de Pèlerinage by Liszt. Many composers, among them Sven-Erik Bäck, Veli-Matti Puumala, Anders Eliasson and Anders Hillborg, have dedicated works to him and in 2007 he gave the world premiere of Shchedrin’s Romantic Duets together with the composer at the Verbier Festival. Always in great demand as a chamber player Pöntinen has worked with artists of distinction like Barbara Hendricks, Janine Jansen, Nobuko Imai, Martin Fröst, Zvi Zeitlin, Torleif Thedéen, Håkan Hardenberger, Svante Henryson, Ulf Wallin, Arve Tellefsen, Christian Lindberg and Nicolai Gedda.
In the previous seasons Pöntinen has been soloist with Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre de La Suisse Romande and given solo recitals in New York (The Frick Collection), London (Wigmore Hall), Bogotá, Istanbul and most recently at the Verbier Festival 2016.
The current season include tours in Japan, Taiwan, England and Holland as well as performances of Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony together with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Sakari Oramo and a recording of Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety with Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christian Lindberg.
He has made more than 90 recordings for a.o. BIS, c p o, Arte Nova, EMI and Philips. Roland Pöntinen is also active as a composer and his Blue Winter was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch at Carnegie Hall in 1998. He has also arranged music by Legrand, Joni Mitchell and Weill for the trumpet player Håkan Hardenberger and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
Pöntinen is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and in 2001 he received the Litteris et Artibus—a royal medal for recognition of eminent skills in the artistic field.