Christian Lindberg

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Christian Lindberg
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Background information
Birth name Christian Lindberg
Born (1958-02-15) 15 February 1958 (age 60)
Danderyd, Sweden
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Trombonist, conductor, composer
Instruments Trombone
Years active 1980–present
Labels BIS Records
Associated acts Jan Sandström

Christian Lindberg (born 15 February 1958)[1][2] is a Swedish trombonist, conductor and composer,


Early life and career[edit]

Lindberg was born in Danderyd. As a youth, he learned to play the trumpet, and subsequently began to learn the trombone at age 16. He originally borrowed a trombone to join his friends' Dixieland jazz group, inspired by records of Jack Teagarden. He attended the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, where his teachers included Sven-Erik Eriksson. By age 18, he had obtained a professional position in the Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra. At age 20, he left his orchestral career behind to study to become a full-time soloist. He studied with John Iveson at the Royal College of Music (1979–1980) and with Ralph Sauer and Roger Bobo in Los Angeles (1983).[3]

Professional career[edit]

In 1981, Lindberg won the Nordic Soloists' Biennale competition. His concert debut was in 1984 with the Trombone Concerto by Henri Tomasi. That same year, he signed a 3-CD recording contract with BIS Records. His first solo recording was "The Virtuoso Trombone". Lindberg has recorded over 60 albums, for BIS[4] and several other labels.[5] His musical collaborators in Sweden have included pianist Roland Pöntinen and composer Jan Sandström.

Lindberg is noted for his performances of contemporary music, as well as expanding the repertoire of concerti for trombone. In 2006, he estimated that over the prior 25 years, composers wrote 82 works for him.[6] On September 7, 2017, Lindberg gave his 100th trombone concerto premiere.[7] Lindberg was the soloist in the premiere of Sandström's Motorbike Concerto. In addition to the Sandström, his repertoire includes Luciano Berio’s Sequenza V, Fredrik Högberg’s The Ballad of Kit Bones and Su ba do be.

Lindberg began to compose in the 1990s at the encouragement of Sandström. Lindberg's first-performed work was Arabenne for trombone and strings, recorded in 1997. Other compositions have included Mandrake in the Corner, Chick 'a' bone Checkout, from 2006 and written for Charles Vernon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,[6] and Kundraan (2008).[8]

In 2000, Lindberg made his conducting debut with the Northern Sinfonia in the UK. He has regularly conducted the Nordic Chamber Orchestra (chief conductor, 2005–2010) and the Swedish Wind Ensemble (2005–2012). He is currently principal conductor of the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, and is contracted to the orchestra until 2018.[9] Since 2016, Lindberg is conductor and music director at the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra.[10]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife have four children.[citation needed]



Recordings as trombonist[edit]

Recordings as conductor only[edit]

Notable concerto premieres[edit]


  1. ^ Sveriges befolkning 1980, CD-ROM, Sveriges Släktforskarförbund 2004
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Christian Lindberg Autobiography". Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  4. ^ Andrew Clements (2008-04-25). "Pickard: The Flight of Icarus; The Spindle of Necessity; Channel Firing, Lindberg/ Norrköping Symphony Orch/ Brabbins". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Discography of Classical Trombone CDs". Discography of Classical Trombone CDs. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  6. ^ a b Daniel J. Wakin (2006-10-15). "In the Back, by the Tuba, a Star Is Born". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  7. ^ "Nordiska Kammarorkestern - Säsongsprogram 2017-2018". issuu. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  8. ^ George Hall (2009-07-02). "NCO/Lindberg (Guildhall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  9. ^ Peterson, Aggie (2015-09-14). "Prolonged collaboration with Lindberg". Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  10. ^ "Christian Lindberg - Conductor and Music Director". 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "International Classical Music Awards 2016". 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  12. ^ Andrew Clements (2009-03-11). "Total Immersion: Xenakis (Barbican, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  13. ^ George Hall (2005-03-27). "Mr Trombone". The Observer. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
(no predecessor)
Principal Conductor, Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra
Succeeded by