I am extremely excited to have the chance to perform as orchestral pianist with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra with one of my idols as the soloist and conductor. Christian Lindberg to me represents the ideal musician: he has an unbeatable and almost supernatural technical ability, a drive and passion to extend the repertoire and audience of his instrument and has been writing and commissioning new works for decades. The programme includes the world premiere of his daughter Andrea Tarrodi’s Camelopardalis. I will play orchestral piano in Kundraan’s Karma.
An evening that ended with Blue jamming into the midnight sun, had begun with the Festival’s featured artist, trombonist Christian Lindberg, playing, conducting and narrating his new composition, Kundraan’s Karma, specially written for the festival. It’s the central panel of a trilogy (the first was heard at this year’s City of London Festival) in which Kundraan makes a journey towards Lucifer and his poisoned whisky — over a bridge, and onwards to a land which knows no compassion. The musical parable has a Strindbergian intensity — and Lindberg’s lungs are legendary. Somehow he finds the breath to tell the tale, play trombone music of huge virtuosity and conduct the Bodo Sinfonietta — all at once. It’s an explosive mix! Hilary Finch, The London Times
Thursday 20 January 2011
Cape Town City Hall, 20:00
Leopold Mozart – Concerto for Alto Trombone
Andrea Tarrodi – Camelopardalis
Christiaan Lindberg – Kundraan’s Karma
Tchaikovsky – Symphony #5
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About Christian Lindberg:
Swedish trombone virtuoso and conductor Christian Lindberg has premiered over 200 works, including over 70 new concerti. Growing up in Sweden, he learned to play the trumpet before taking up the trombone at the age of 17. He originally borrowed a trombone to join his friends’ dixieland jazz group, inspired by records of Jack Teagarden. He soon started studying with Sven-Erik Eriksson at the Swedish Royal Academy of Music. By the age of 19 he had a professional position in the Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra and at 20 he left the orchestral career behind to study to become a full-time soloist. He studied with John Iveson at the Royal College of Music (1979–80) and with Ralph Sauer and Roger Bobo in Los Angeles (1983).
In 1981 he had his first big break, winning the Nordic Soloists’ Biennale competition. His concert debut followed in 1984 with the Trombone Concerto by Henri Tomasi with the Swedish RSO conducted by Saraste. In the same year he signed a recording contract by Robert von Bahr and released his first solo CD on the BIS label, “The Virtuoso Trombone”. Initially commissioned for an impressive three album deal to cover the most challenging music in the repertoire, Lindberg has gone on to produce over 60 solo CDs.