At a time when classical music needs strong role models and the next generation of musicians need a visible platform from which to launch their future careers, two institutions – Malmö Live/Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR)/ Danish National Symphony Orchestra – have joined together to make a cross-border investment in inaugurating the Hardenberger International Trumpet Competition.


A festival of brass on both sides of the Sound

Unique of its kind, the competition is named after its public face and inspiration Håkan Hardenberger, one of the world’s leading trumpet soloists, recognised and acclaimed on all continents. Born in Malmö, Håkan Hardenberger can look back on an outstanding 40-year career
and he will be participating in both the arrangement of the competition and the international jury.

The Hardenberger International Trumpet Competition will be held for the first time in October 2023, with the intention of being a regular global event every third year. The competition will last for one week, beginning with qualifying heats and semi-finals held at the DR Concert Hall in Copenhagen with the participation of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The final will be held at Malmö Live Concert Hall accompanied by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. The competition, which will take place before a live audience, will be judged by an international jury. It is also planned to broadcast the event on DR and Malmö Live’s channels. Tickets will be released internationally during 2022. As an overture to the competition, various music and concert activities are planned during 2021 and 2022, arranged either jointly or individually by the host organisations. The competition week itself will be framed by festive fringe events, happenings and musical exchanges between musicians and music lovers of all ages in various arenas and clubs and on streets and squares on both shores of Øresund.

Young competitors in focus

The competition is open to trumpet players up to 30 years of age of all nationalities. In a classical music world already well catered for in terms of competitions for piano and string instruments, this emphasis on the trumpet, and therefore wind instruments, is a very welcome addition; for the talented young musicians themselves naturally, but also for those music schools and other educational institutions, orchestras and music teachers that encourage young people to invest their love of music in this wind instrument.

The new generation of rising stars also needs an international forum in which to gain encouragement, motivation, inspiration, affirmation and – perhaps most importantly – meet likeminded individuals from around the world. The competition therefore has both a professional and a pedagogical objective. The Hardenberger International Trumpet Competition is launched during autumn 2021, in conjunction with Håkan Hardenberger’s birthday, and will open for entries early in 2023.

An important musical region

With renowned symphony orchestras and modern and historic arenas and world-class concert halls, not to mention countless stars and world-class musicians working in all genres, the Øresund region is a musical force to be reckoned with. What has been missing until now is an established and large-scale cross-border musical collaboration. This investment opens up new opportunities to gather the region’s stakeholders and create international awareness, thereby making the region more attractive. At the same time as we promote collaboration across the Sound, the organizers take collective responsibility for the young generation of musicians and strengthen the value chain for classical music.

Malmö Live Konserthus CEO and concert hall manager Maria Frej says:

-An international competition that puts Malmö's concert hall and symphony orchestra on the world map, creates a cultural bridge over the Sound and at the same time pays tribute to the world artist Håkan Hardenberger, it’s simply a fantastic project that we are really looking forward to realize.
We also see the competition, with all its musical side arrangements, as part of our important work to strengthen and develop the musical food chain within classical music.

Kim Bohr, director of the DR Concert Hall, the DR Symphony Orchestra and DR Channel P2/ P8 expresses:

-We look forward to an exciting collaboration across Øresund, with our colleagues in the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. With the Hardenberger International Trumpet Competition, we and our audience get a unique chance to meet the next generation of talented young musicians.

For interviews and comments please contact:

Anna-Maria Havskogen, Malmö Live Konserthus
+46 705 69 70 12
[email protected]

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