Christian Lindberg

Christian Lindberg
Background information
Birth name Christian Lindberg
Born (1958-02-15) 15 February 1958
Danderyd, Sweden
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Trombonist, conductor, composer
Instruments Trombone
Years active 1980-present
Labels BIS Records
Associated acts Jan Sandström
Notable instruments
Conn 88H-CL Trombone

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


Early life and career

As a youth Lindberg learned to play the trumpet, and subsequently began to learn the trombone at age 17. 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 19, 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).

Professional career

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[3] and other labels such as Onyx.[4] 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.[5] 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,[5] and Kundraan (2008).[6]

In 2000, Lindberg made his conducting debut with the Northern Sinfonia in the UK. He has regularly conducted the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and the Swedish Wind Ensemble. He is currently principal conductor of the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, and is contracted to the orchestra until 2014.[7]

Personal life

He and his wife have four children.


  • The Virtuoso Trombone (1984)
  • The Romantic Trombone (1985)
  • The Burlesque Trombone (1986)
  • The Criminal Trombone (1987)
  • Romantic Trombone Concertos (1988)
  • The Winter Trombone (1988)
  • The Solitary Trombone (1988)
  • Trombone Odyssey (1990)
  • The Russian Trombone (1991)
  • The Sacred Trombone (1991)
  • American Trombone Concertos (1993)
  • 10 Year Jubilee (1993)
  • Aho: Symphony No.9; Cello Concerto (1993)
  • All the Lonely People (1994)
  • Hovhaness: Star Dawn (1994)
  • Arabenne and Other Trombone Concerts From the North (1995)
  • Hekas (1996)
  • Christian Lindberg: Songs for Sunset (1996)
  • American Trombone Concertos, Vol. 2 (1996)
  • Windpower (1996)
  • Vagn Holmboe: Brass Concertos (1997)
  • Lindberg Plays Sandström (1997)
  • Mozart: Hornbone Concertos (1998)
  • Los Bandidos: The Criminal Trombone No. 2½ (1998)
  • Lindberg & Friends Play Lindberg (2000)
  • Mandrake in the Corner (2002)
  • Turnage: Fractured Lines (2002)
  • Classical Concertos (2004)
  • Christian Lindberg Conducts the Swedish Wind Ensemble (2004)

  • Christian Lindberg: A Composer's Portrait (2005)
  • Christian Lindberg Plays Nathaniel Shilkret (2005)
  • Dedicated to Christian Lindberg (2007)
  • Nordic Showcase (2007)
  • John Pickard: The Flight of Icarus; The Spindle of Necessity; Channel Firing (2008)
  • A Composers Portrait: Christian Lindberg, Vol. 2 (2008)
  • Made in Sweden (2008)
  • Allan Pettersson: Eight Barefoot Songs; Concertos Nos 1 & 2 for String Orchestra (2009)
  • The Baroque Trombone (2009)
  • Dvorák: Violin Concerto; Legends, Op. 59 (2010)
  • Allan Pettersson: Concerto No. 3 for String Orchestra (2010)
  • Trombone Fantasy (2011)
  • Niels Marthinsen: Snapshot Symphony (2011)
  • Christian Lindberg Conducts Jan Sandström (2011)
  • Ole Olsen: Symphony No. 1; Trombone Concerto; Asgaardsreien (2011)
  • Allan Pettersson: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2011)
  • A Lindberg Extravaganza (2011)
  • Brain Rubbish (2012)
  • Allan Pettersson: Symphony No. 6 (2012)
  • La Création du Monde (2013)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Swan Lake Suite (2013)
  • Allan Pettersson: Symphony No. 9 (2013)
  • Tangophoria (2014)
  • Allan Pettersson: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 16 (2014)
  • Allan Pettersson: Symphony No. 13 (2015)

Notable concerto premieres


  1. Sveriges befolkning 1980, CD-ROM, Sveriges Släktforskarförbund 2004
  3. 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.
  4. Andrew Clements (2005-12-16). "Turnage: The Silence; True Life Stories; Slide Stride, etc, Matthews/ Nash Ensemble". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  5. 1 2 Daniel J. Wakin (2006-10-15). "In the Back, by the Tuba, a Star Is Born". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  6. George Hall (2009-07-02). "NCO/Lindberg (Guildhall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  7. Christian Lindberg (2011-02-25). "Et forsvar for flaggskipet". Harstad Tidende. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  8. Andrew Clements (2009-03-11). "Total Immersion: Xenakis (Barbican, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  9. George Hall (2005-03-27). "Mr Trombone". The Observer. Retrieved 2011-04-16.

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