Trombone Unit Hannover
- Trombone Ensemble
Trombone Unit Hannover
The Trombone Unit Hannover has taken up the challenge to present the trombone in its entire musical diversity and opens a new view on the beauty of its sound. “Excellent technique (…) combined with passion and a huge variety of sounds and expressions” wrote the Neueste Badische Nachrichten about the ensemble.
Most of the members of the octet play as soloists in leading German orchestras such as the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the SWR-Sinfonieorchester, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and at the Staatsoper Hannover. Among them are prize winners at renowned international music competitions such as the Prague Spring and the Internationaler ARD Musikwettbewerb.
The Trombone Unit Hannover is the first brass ensemble to ever have won the German Music Competition (2011) − a unique occurrence in the 36 years of its existence. The ensemble was founded in 2008 by eight young trombonists who had all studied with Prof. Jonas Bylund at the College of Music in Hannover − having played chamber music together for many years this was almost a logical consequence. But the main reason for the formation of the ensemble was their love for music and their instrument as well as their personal friendship. Already in 2008 they were awarded a scholarship by the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council) and were accepted in the national German selection of young artists.
With their creative and surprisingly diverse programmes − combining classical and modern music, original pieces and new arrangements − the Trombone Unit Hannover is active in the international concert scene. The ensemble is invited by renowned festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Festival of the International Trombone Association in Åarhus, the Kissinger Winterzauber, the Donaueschinger Musiktage (premiere of a new work by G.F. Haas), the Deutschlandradio concert series in Cologne and to concert series and brass festivals throughout Europe. In 2011, they went on tour in Brazil and played several highly acclaimed concerts, e.g. with trombone legend Christian Lindberg. The full scope of their trombone sound is documented on their recent CD “Full Power” released in 2013 by the German label Genuin.
The repertoire of the Trombone Unit Hannover comprises also works for trombones and orchestra, such as Lindberg’s “Waves of Wollongong”, a fact that greatly helps to raise the level of attention for their instrument. With authenticity and dedication, with their artistic expression and due to the professionalism of their work the eight ensemble members are putting the perception of their fascinating instrument in a completely new perspective.