Having premiered over 300 works for the trombone (100 major concertos), recorded over 100 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 considered one of today’s most highly-regarded and influential trombonists and conductors. In September 2015 Christian Lindberg was voted “The Greatest Brass Player in History”, by Classic FM, and in April 2016, he was given the title “International Classical Music Award 2016” at the Gala Ceremony in in San Sebastian, Spain, where previous winners were Esa-Pekka Salonen (2011), Krzysztof Penderecki (2012), Charles Dutoit (2013), Aldo Ciccolini (2014) and Dmitri Kitajenko (2015). In addition, Christian has just signed a 5 year contract as Musical Director of the Israel NK Orchestra, considered by Israeli Council of Art and Culture, alongside the Israel Philharmonic as the best orchestra in Israel.
Lindberg took up the trombone at 17, inspired by the jazz trombonist Jack Teagarden. At 18 he began studying at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and after having played for only two years he got a position as trombonist in the orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. In 1978, at 20, he left the orchestra after one year embarking in to previously unchartered territory to become the first trombone soloist in history. Lindberg then won several international solo competitions, result in recording contracts for BIS, Deutsche Gramophone, EMI, Decca, Denon, Delos, ECM and more, and in 1990 he was nominated BBC artist of the year side by side with Gidon Kremer and Yo Yo Ma. Up until today he has premiered 100 concertos dedicated to him by composers such as Takemitsu, Berio, Xenakis, Schnittke, Turnage and other’s.
As well as building up an impressive career as the first trombone soloist in history, he has embarked on two enormously successful careers as conductor and composer. In 2004 he became music director of The Nordic Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Wind Ensemble which he led until 2012, and in 2009 he became principal conductor of Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic, a position be holds up until 2019. In september 2016 he became music director for Israel NK Orchestra, a position he holds until 2021 In addition, Lindberg regularly conducts orchestras such as Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Nippon Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, The Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and many more.
Lindberg wrote his first composition Arabenne for Trombone and Strings in 1997. He has composed over 50 works on commission from, among others, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and many more. Future commissions include a trombone concerto for the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, a 30 minute long orchestral piece commissioned by Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, a trumpet concerto commissioned by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Västerås Sinfonietta and a concerto for Evelyn Glennie and orchestra commissioned by the Cheltenham Festival.
Christian Lindberg will join the EUYO, Vasily Petrenko and violinist Baiba Skride on the Orchestra’s 2017 Summer Tour to Northern Europe, entitled ‘Spirit of the North’, which focuses on and celebrates music from the Baltic and Nordic states.