Håkan Hardenberger was born in Sweden and began playing the trumpet when he was eight years old. He studied at the conservatoires of Paris and Los Angeles and currently teaches at the Malmö conservatoire and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Hardenberger performs with the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he regularly collaborates with include Pierre Boulez, Daniel Harding, Paavo Järvi, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons and David Zinman. Alongside his performances of the classical repertory, he is also held in high regard as a pioneer of significant new trumpet works. Among the works written for and championed by Håkan Hardenberger are those by Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, Hans Werner Henze, Olga Neuwirth, Arvo Pärt, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Rolf Wallin and HK Gruber. He regularly performs in recital with percussionist Colin Currie.
Håkan Hardenberger made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in October 2012 performing Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major and Mark-Anthony Turnage's From the Wreckage.