Lindberg gives the world premiere to Jan Sandström’s 3rd trombone concerto

Jan Sandström‘s 3rd trombone concerto, “Les accords d’Eze” was recently given its world premiere, with Christian Lindberg as the trombone soloist. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra accompanied him under the baton of Barbara Hannigan, who also had duties as soprano soloist.

The Swede Jan Sandström (1954-) is one of very few composers who have written 3 major trombone concertos. The Motorbike Concerto from 1989 is the most successful Swedish classical piece of music, and it has been performed over 700 times all over the world. His Trombone Concerto No. 2, Don Quixote was premiered in 1994. He has also written several shorter pieces for trombone, including scaled down versions and revisions of his 2 first concertos. Sång till Lotta from 1990 has been a world wide recital favourite for students and professional trombonists alike. It is recommended to also explore his lesser known pieces, such as A Christian Song and Bompibone BrassBitt.

Inspiration for Sandströms 3rd trombone concerto

Sandström’s 3rd trombone concerto is a tribute to the 37 year long close friendship between the composer and the trombone soloist. The subtitle Les accords d’Eze, refers to a mountain village north of Nice in France, which Sandström and Lindberg visited together in the early 1990s. It has 5 movements, and is a virtuosic but less extroverted concerto than his previous two.

The concerto received a standing ovation in the Gothenburg Concert hall on the premiere on the 4th of Octobre 2023. The piece was commissioned by the record company European Gramophone, which Christian Lindberg co-founded in 2019.

Lindberg and Hannigan

Eyvind Sommerfelt
ITA Online News Coordinator

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ITW’s 20th Anniversary was April 16-23, 2023. Thank you for celebrating the trombone with us during last month’s International Trombone Week. Our community of artists, organizers, and resource builders created amazing opportunities and welcoming spaces for all. We enjoyed livestreams, multi-day workshops, student recitals, world premieres, jazz radio features, video compilations, warm-ups for the universe, and more. There’s still time to let us know how you celebrated… and you might appear on the infamous ITW map.
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Jump on this amazing opportunity and warm-up with one of the best trombone players in the world. Alex Iles will kick off the 20th Anniversary of International Trombone Week with community warm-up.

It’s quick and easy to register. Don’t wait: if you’re registered and “in the Zoom room” you’ll receive a copy of Alex’s warm-up.

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Have you performed Fanfare for the World?

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If you have performed Fanfare for the World, please publish your video and send us the link. We’d like to add you to the public collection.

If you haven’t performed this newly-released piece yet, what are you waiting for? Fanfare for the World is a new 50-second fanfare celebrating ITA’s 50th and ITW’s 20th anniversaries. We invite you to download and play it.

International Trombone Week kickoff with Alex Iles!

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On April 16 we will kick off the International Trombone Week with an online gathering led by the incomparable Alex Iles!

Alex will share his warmup routine and discuss trombone fundamentals. We plan to shake the universe with a resonant B-flat we create together from all over the world! Participants will receive a copy of Alex’s warmup during the session.

The session is free, and open for anyone interested; young, old, professionals, students – it does not matter!  The only thing you need to do is to register.

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University of Texas at Austin celebrates ITW

Tonight! April 6, 2023: Director Nathaniel Brickens and The University of Texas at Austin’s Trombone Choir welcome special guests Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Marcia Medrano of the Escuela Superior de Música (ESM) and the Facultad de Música de la UNAM (FaM) in Mexico City.

UTexas Trombone Choir

Prelude music will be provided by trombonists from local high schools including Bowie HS, Cedar Park HS, Dripping Springs HS, Reagan HS (San Antonio), Vandegrift HS, Walsh MS, McNeil HS, and Leander HS.

A livestream will be available for everyone to enjoy beginning at 7:30pm (Austin, TX time).

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This wonderful concert is a celebration of International Trombone Week’s 20th Anniversary! Please take a moment now to add your trombone celebration or resource to our events listing.

Announcing the Winning 50-second Fanfare

The composers submitted their entries… and the judges deliberated. It’s official:

The winner of the ITA’s 50-Second Fanfare Composition Contest is… Fanfare for the World!

Congratulations to composer David Miller! David’s exciting new work awaits you. Trombone ensembles are invited to download the parts and share their own recordings with the world.

Let’s celebrate 50 years of the ITA… and 20 years of International Trombone Week… together!

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