For NINETEEN years we have done our best to give you the best of the best, and we are still FINDING THE BEST performers to inspire you to improve your playing, And create the great moments that only a live concert can give you.
The Arctic Trombone Festival was started in 2001 as purely a trombonist meetup by its founder Jens Christan Kloster. Originally it was thought as a gathering for former students, but it quickly grew and adopted its name. From 2004 through 2007 we were also joined by tuba and euphonium, hence the L in the webpageadress referring to lowbrass.
The festival has always been passionate about contemporary music, and during the years there have been several commissions by the festival, in total over 40! This has given rise to several impressive collaborations with international names like Biosphere and Christian Lindberg. We also have had collaborations between the University of New York Julliard School of Music and World Opera and also the Reaktorhallen in Stockholm and Tromsø where musicians have played together in separate citys using a fiberoptic network with video communication. Cutting edge stuff!
Education has been an important part of the festival since day one, and we arrange clinics, masterclasses and lectures every year. But equally as important is the social part when many musicians get together like this, this is something that both our perfomers and participants have told us.
When it comes to our soloists, our performers, we have yet to be told "no" when we call. So the list has grown long and it is a list that we are quite proud of. When we look back the names are:
Christian Lindberg, Håkan Björkman, Joe Alessi, Otmar Geiswinkler, Jesper Busk Sørensen, Peter Dahlgren, Michel Becquet, Rex Martin, Brandt Attema, Shoichiro Hokazono, Jens Bjørn Larsen, Øystein Baadsvik, Bertil Strandberg, Demondrae Thurman, John Kenny, Mark Nightingale, Ray Anderson, Mimmi Petterson Hammar, Karin Hammar (The Sliding Hammers), Mel Culbertson, Frode Thingnæs, Vincent Nilsson, Stefan Schulz, Mark Knightingale, Marius Hesby, Sverre Olsrud, Sverre Riise, Vincent Nilsson, Ben van Dijk, Jukka Myllys, Nils Landgren, Ole Kristian Hansen, Gaute Vikdal, Niels-Ole Bo Johansen, Charlie Vernon, Conrad Herwig, Zoltan Kiss, Christian Jones, Ian Bousfield, Carol Jarvis, Michael Davis, Katy Jones and James Markey, Ed Neumeister, George Curran, Jörgen van Rijen.
So far we have done over 60 concerts, 80 masterclasses, commissioned over 40 pieces, and been visited by hundreds of talented tromboneplayers whom some of them come back year after year. So now, we are looking forward to the 20th festival. And we hope we'll see you there!