Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra
Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra
Based well north of the Arctic Circle, the Arctic Philharmonic is the world’s youngest and northernmost orchestra, located in the two Norwegian arctic cities, Bodø and Tromsø – and with the whole northern region as its home.
1: The structure of the orchestra is unique and innovative – both in Norway and in the rest of the world. It has been established as a brand new and flexible concept, with an entire region joining forces to develop this new orchestra organization in the arctic region.
2: Since it was founded in 2009, the orchestra has become one of Northern Norway’s largest and most active cultural institutions, giving app. 150 concerts- and opera performances each year, throughout the region, the nation and abroad.
3: The Arctic Philharmonics home base is Northern Norway and the High North. This local foundation is important for the orchestra, but the orchestra is also looking beyond Norway, and want to be an ambassador, representing the nation and the High North, also on international venues.
4: The high north with its nature and history is a strategic fundament for the Arctic Philharmonic – in the programming work, the marketing and communications, and all the way to the concert experience. The arctic is the core in both the visual and artistic profile.
We produce full-scale opera performances and alternate between different ensemble formats on a regular basis. That means that in the course of a year you can meet us in everything from small chamber groups via the sinfonietta and chamber orchestra to a full philharmonic orchestra. We have regular concerts in our two cities, Bodø and Tromsø, but our home base comprises all of Northern Norway and the High North. The Principal Conductor of our philharmonic orchestra is Christian Lindberg, the Artistic Director of our chamber orchestra is Henning Kraggerud and the Artistic Director of our sinfonietta Øyvind Bjorå.
Christian Lindberg / Conductor
Having premièred over 300 works for the trombone (over 90 major concertos) recorded over 70 solo CDs, having an international solo competition created in his name, been voted brass player of the 20th century side by side with Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong, Christian Lindberg is today nothing less than a living legend.
On top of his unrivalled career as a trombonist Lindberghas now also embarked on a highly successful conducting career, and the near future includes major conducting engagements in Musikverein, Suntory Hall, at Beethovenfest, in Salzburg Festspielhaus, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Meistersingerhalle, Nürnberg and National Centre for the Performing Arts (The Giant Egg) in Beijing with orchestras such as Nippon Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Irish National Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestra to name a few.
In 2009 Lindberg signed contract as principal conductor with his third orchestra, The Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra (the two previous ones being Nordic Chamber Orchestra 2004-2011 and Swedish Wind Ensemble 2005-2012). Since then he has prolonged his contract twice and their collaboration runs for the moment up to 2017 including major recording projects on BIS (Tchaikovsky Symphonies no 4-6 among other things), a major tour throughout Japan and performances at Beethovenfest, Musikverein and Salzburg Festspielhaus.
Alongside his activities as principal conductor Lindberg has major conducting collaborations with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (performing and recording all the symphonies by Allan Pettersson), Royal Flemish Philharmonic(a major project performing and recording music by Stenhammar), The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (a second major conducting residency in 2016), Nürnberger Symphoniker (various projects including music by Lindberg himself, Allan Pettersson, Grieg, Högberg, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven), The Swedish Chamber Orchestra (music by Lindberg, Schubert, Ginastera, Bizet and Andrea Tarrodi), Ulster Orchestra (music by Lindberg, Dvorak, Nielsen, Grieg and Sibelius), RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (music by Tchaikovsky, Lindberg, Sibelius, and Sandström) and Taipei Symphony Orchestra (Bernstein, Lindberg, Tchaikovsky and Pettersson.
Lindberg also conducts orchestras such as the Nippon Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, ,Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Verdi Orchestra Milano, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, Extremadura Orchestra, Umeå Symphony Orchestra, Tiroler Symphonieorchester, Het Noord Nederland Orkest, Het Gelders Orkest, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Poznan Symphony Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jenaer Philharmonie, Jyväskyllä Symphony Orchestra, Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Euscadi Orchestra, Maggio Fiorentino, Haydn Orchestra Bolzano, Northern Sinfonia, Helsinki Philharmonics, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Cape Philharmonic, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Opera Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Brazil, Württembergische Philharmonie, and Tenerife Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
Peter Jablonski / Piano
Award-winning Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski is internationally acclaimed for a natural fluency of playing which, coupled with an extraordinarily deep knowledge of piano repertoire, makes his performances timeless and captivating. While he counts Beethoven and Mozart piano concerti among his favourites, he has a deep appreciation for lesser-explored corners of the pianist’s repertoire, such as Barber, Szymanowski, Lutosławski, and Copland.
He is also an accomplished jazz drummer, classical percussionist, and conductor, and is in a rare position of having received recognition from such heavyweights of jazz as Miles Davis, and having performed with such legendary names as Buddy Rich and Thad Jones in the historic jazz club Village Vanguard in New York. This makes Jablonski a versatile and unique artist with an extraordinary breadth of understanding and insight into the masterpieces of piano repertoire he has been performing on major world stages for over twenty-five years.
Claudio Abbado praised Jablonski for his exquisite interpretations, and Ashkenazy, who recognised his talent early on, became a mentor and a great supporter throughout his career. Jablonski’s path to professional musical career included studying drums and percussion at Malmö Academy of Music, and composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music. He inherited a rich and distinguished piano performance tradition that harks back to Ravel, Gilels, and Neuhaus, through his professors Michał Wesołowski at Malmö (who studied with Ravel’s student Vlado Perlemuter), and Irina Zaritskaya at the RCM (a student of Jakov Flier, and Emil Gilels, who was a student of Heinrich Neuhaus).
In demand around the globe as one of the major interpreters of an eclectic list of works, Jablonski has performed with world’s leading orchestras that include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Kirov, La Scala Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Orchestre Nationale de France, NHK Tokyo, DSO Berlin, Warsaw Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra.
He worked with such composers as Witold Lutosławski and Arvo Pärt, and collaborated extensively with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Sanderling, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, and Myung-Whun Chung.
Jablonski had a number of works composed for, and dedicated to him, including Wojciech Kilar’s Piano Concerto, which won him the Orpheus award for the world premiere performance at the Warsaw Autumn Festival.
His continuous passion for chamber music lead him to establish, as a founding director, what is now a well-known musical event in Swedish musical calendar—Karlskrona Chamber Music Festival. In 2007 he recorded cello sonatas of Prokofiev and Shostakovich with Ralph Kirshbaum for Altara label.
Jablonski’s extensive discography includes recordings he has made for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, and Altara labels for over twenty years. He received numerous awards for his recordings, which include the Edison award for best concerto recording of Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Lutoslawski’s Paganini Rhapsody with Ashkenazy and RPO for Decca. He also received the Grammophone Classical Music Award for his Deutsche Grammophone recording of works by Cécile Chaminade with Anne Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg.
Jablonski’s achievements have been recognised by the King of Sweden, who awarded him the Litteris et Artibus medal in 2005. In 2017 he has joined the keyboard faculty of the Royal College of Music as a professor of piano.