Lars Karlin

Lars Karlin is a Swedish trombonist and arranger living in Berlin, Germany. He started trombone studies at the age of twelve under Hans-Göran Olson at the Music School in Borlänge, Sweden. Further studies were made at the Conservatory of Music in Falun, The Royal College of Music in Stockholm under Sven-Erik Eriksson, The Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover under Jonas Bylund and at the University for Music and Arts in Berlin under Andreas Klein.

Lars is a Prizewinner of numerous National and International Music Competitions including: The Lieksa International Trombone Competition in 2008, The Aeolus International Competition for Winds in 2010 & double 1st Prizewinner (as soloist and member of an Ensemble) of the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb in 2011.

Since January 2015 Lars is Solotrombonist of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and became a Yamaha Artist in January of 2018.

Besides being a Solo Trombone Player with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Lars has performed with orchestras such as the Norwegian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Denmark, The Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatsoper Hannover, Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin & the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Lars has performed as a soloist with orchestras/ensembles such as Dalasinfoniettan, Polish National Chamber Orchestra, Arcata Stuttgart, Philharmoniches Orchester Altenburg-Gera, Orchester des Nordharzer Städtebundtheaters, Rundfunkorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin & the Stockholm Chamber Brass.

Lars released his first Solo Album ”A Swedish Trombone Wilderness” on the label of Genuin in the Spring 2014. The Album included two first-time-on-CD recorded pieces. Lars arrangement of ”Three Swedish Songs” (Koppången by Per- Erik Moreaus, Visa i Midsommartid by Håkan Norlén & Gammal Fäbodpsalm by Oskar Lindberg) performed and recorded by the Trombone Unit Hannover & Lars Karlin got perhaps the most attention and has been played numerous times at concerts and on Swedish radio.

In 2007, Lars was one of the founding members of the Trombone Unit Hannover and he also written much of their existing repertoire. Their latest CD ”Living on the Edge” by the Trombone Unit Hannover was recorded exclusively with arrangements by Lars Karlin.

Lars’ latest project is a newly formed Trio. This year, he joined forces with Basstrombonist Tomer Maschkowski & Pianist Ohad Ben-Ari. They are dedicated to the goal to making great chamber music.

Brandt Attema

Bass trombonist Brandt Attema has been a member of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra since 1999. He is also a member of the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble and the New Trombone Collective. As a substitute he has played with, amongst others, the Asko|Schoenberg ensemble and many great orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

In September 1999 Brandt Attema won the international competition for bass trombone in Guebwiller – France. Since then he has been a soloist and clinician at numerous festivals throughout the world.

Brandt Attema has been professor of bass trombone at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague since September 2007.

In July 2008 Brandt played the debut concert of his duo with harpist Astrid Haring at the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam. Since then they have inspired many composers to write for this unique combination. They have performed concerts all over the world together, for example in Brazil, Singapore, Denmark, Sweden and Germany.

Brandt Attema studied with Ben van Dijk at the conservatory of Rotterdam where he finished his studies with the highest honours. He also studied with such great trombonists and teachers as George Wiegel, Bart van Lier, Michel Becquet, Joe Alessi, Charley Vernon, Michael Mulcahy and Blair Bollinger.

Sven-Erik Eriksson

Sven-Erik Eriksson har varit 1:e solotrombonist i Hovkapellet/Kungliga Teatern (1969 – 1994), Stockholms Sinfonietta (1976 – 1980) och även världsungdomsorkestern Jeunesses Musicales (1969).

Vid sidan av sin stämledartjänst har han konserterat som solist i bl. a. Sverige, Schweiz och Danmark. Han är dessutom medlem i Drottningholms Barockensemble sedan dess start, och i Svenska Brasskvintetten sedan 1982.

Sedan 1976 har Sven-Erik Eriksson arbetat som lärare i trombon på Kungliga Musikhögskolan. 1996 blev han utbildningsledare för Musikerutbildningen, lektor i trombone samt prefekt för bleckblåsinstitutionen. Sedan 2003 är han ämnesansvarig för bleckblås och harpa vid institutionen för klassisk musik.

Vid sidan av sin anställning som solotrombonist och lärare har Sven-Erik Eriksson varit flitigt engagerad som kursledare och instruktör för flertalet länsmusikstiftelser i Sverige.

Han har besökt och undervisat på musikhögskolor i Ryssland (Tjajkovskijkonservatoriet, Moskva), Schweiz, Tyskland och Danmark.

Jonas Bylund

After completing his studies at the Stockholm State Academy of Music in 1987, Jonas Bylund became principal trombonist of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1988 he won 1st prize at the international soloist competition CIEM in Geneve and a year later he took 2nd prize at the ARD-Wettbewerb in München. In 1989 he was offered the position of principal trombone with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and in 1990 he returned to Stockholm to join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, again as principal trombonist, a post he held until 1995. In the 92-93 season he concurrently held the same position with the Bamberger Symphoniker.

Jonas Bylund has appeared with a number of Europé’s leading orchestras, including the Philarmonia Orchestra (London), Royal Stockholm Philarmonic, Oslo Philarmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Suisse Romande, Czech Philarmonic (Brno), and the BBC Scottish Orchestra. He has performed at festivals such as the Chamber Music Festival in Båstad, Stockholm New Music, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Lieksa Brass Week, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Bad Kissinger Sommer, Bad Kissinger Winterzauber, Melbourne International Brass Festival, and Instrumenta Oaxaca Mexico. Amongst the composers with whom Jonas has collaborated are Anders Hillborg, Sven-David Sandström, Pär Mårtensson, Jonas Forsell, Chrichan Larson and Piers Hellawell.
Jonas is one of the founding members of Stockholm Chamber Brass, one of the worlds leading brass ensembles.
Since 1995 Jonas has held the position Professor of Trombone at the prestigious Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. His students have been prize winners at inernational competitions such as the ARD Wettbewerb, Prague Spring Competition, Christian Lindberg International Trombone Competition (Valencia), and the Gdansk International Brass Competition. A number of his students have gained positions in leading symphony orchestras including the Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsche Symphonieorchester (Berlin), Dresdener Staatskapell, NDR Symphonieorchester (Hamburg), SWR Symphonieorchester (Freiburg), the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Essener Philarmonie, Niedersächsische Statsoper (Hannover), Nationalphilarmonie (Warsaw), and the Hong Kong Philarmonic.
In 2006 the Hannover Trombone class was awarded Emory Remington Award, International Trombone Associations prize for best trombone choir.
Jonas Bylund has given masterclasses at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), Birmingham Conservatoire, CodArts Rotterdam, Catalan Music Concervatory (Barcelona), Nakas Conservatorium (Athens), Royal Scottish Academy of Music (Glasgow), Hochschule für Musik (Detmold). Hans Eisler Hochschule (Berlin).
He is frequently invited to serve as a juror at international competitions, which have included CIEM Geneva 1998, Prague Spring Competition 2004, ARD Wettbewerb 2007.
Beside his pedagogic and concert career Jonas Bylund has also been active as an actor in theatre, opera and film. He played the role of the magician in Jonas Forsells opera ”The Princess and the Moon” at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and he appeared as Joe Bailadorno in Frederiks Högbergs brass western”The Ballade of Kit Bones”

Ian Bousfield

Ian Bousfield has been at the top of the profession for over one quarter of a century, excelling in perhaps more facets of the music business than any other trombonist to date. His career has included playing in two of the acknowledged top-four orchestras in the world, one of which is recognized as perhaps the greatest opera orchestra, performing as a soloist to the highest possible level with orchestras, brass bands and on period instruments, recording as a soloist on top labels, playing theme tracks to Hollywood blockbusters and teaching at the Royal Academy in London.

Born in York in 1964, Ian is a product of the famous brass band tradition in the north of England. His earliest teaching came from his father and from Dudley Bright, who in a strange twist, was later to replace Ian in the London Symphony Orchestra. The main spell that Ian enjoyed in the brass band movement was with the Yorkshire Imperial Band between the ages of 14 and 18, during which time he was fortunate to win the the National Championships (1978), the British Open (1981) and the Yorkshire Championships on two occasions (1980, 1981) with the band.

In 1979, at the age of 15, Ian won the Shell London Symphony Orchestra scholarship, at which point his career began to move undeniably in the direction of orchestras. He joined the European Youth Orchestra aged 16 under Claudio Abbado and made a brief stop at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before becoming Principal Trombone in the Halle Orchestra in 1983. During his time in Manchester he performed the UK premiere of Eine Kleine Posaunenmusik by Gunther Schuller, with the composer conducting. After five years with the Halle, Ian replaced one of his life-long mentors, Denis Wick, as Principal Trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1988, where he enjoyed a 12 year career, was featured as a soloist with the orchestra on several occasions and recorded the soundtracks to many films, including Star Wars: Episode I and Braveheart. In 2000, following a successful audition in Vienna, Ian became Principal Trombone of the Vienna Philharmonic/Vienna State Opera – the first, and to date, only British member in the orchestra’s history. This appointment was followed shortly afterwards by his membership of the Vienna Hofkapelle Orchestra.

As a soloist, Ian has, amongst others, performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony, Austin Symphony. He has worked with the following conductors: Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Neville Marriner, Kent Nagano, Ion Marin and Matthias Bamert, and EMI, Camerata, Chandos and Doyen are amongst the labels for whom Ian has made several solo recordings over the years. Probably the two highlights of Ian’s solo career to date have been performing the Nina Rota Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti (2008) three times in Vienna, as well as in The Lucerne Festival and in Tokyo, and giving the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Stargazer, written for and dedicated to Ian, with the London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas (2007). He has performed with all of the world’s major brass bands, recording with many of them. He has appeared as a soloist pretty much everywhere in the world, and as a clinician, it’s probably easier to mention the conservatories and festivals at which he has not appeared!

Ian is currently Professor of Trombone at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern, Switzerland, a position he has held since September 2011. Having had a relationship with the Royal Academy of Music in London since 1992, where he has been awarded an Honorary Membership. He will be returning as a member of staff as of September 2012. He is also currently International Fellow of Brass at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His list of former students includes some of our current most successful players in orchestras around the world.

Håkan Björkman

Håkan Björkman is principal trombone in the Royal Swedissh Opera Orchestra as well as in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Håkan studied for Sven-Erik Eriksson at the Royal College of music in Stockholm, where he also got his solodiploma performing Serocki´s concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm. He performs regulary as a soloist, for instance with Östgöta Symphonic Wind Orchestra, The Marine Band, Sundsvall Chamber Orchestra and Stockholm Symphonic Wind Orchestra with wich he has has made a solo CD. Håkan has recieved several scholarships from the Royal Music Academy and he has studied for Joe Alessi, Mark Lawrence, Frank Crisafulli, Vincent Chikowitz among many other. Håkan teaches at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and Dalarö folkhögskola.

1983-1988 Håkan Björkman studerade för John Petersen, tidigare solotrombonist i Kungl Filharmoniska Orkestern i Stockholm.

1984 Solist i ”Öppet Hus i Berwaldhallen” sänt i P2.

1986 Håkan Björkman studerade i Chicago, (Frank Crisafulli och Vincent Chikowitz, CSO) och Interlochen School of Arts.

1987 Kom tvåa i provspelning till Göteborgssymfonikernas solotjänst.

1988  Medverkade i Brassbands – VM i Australien med Solna Brass.

1989 Värnplikt i Arméns Musikpluton, kom in som på musikerlinjen, Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm. Studerade för Jan Andersson.

1990 Började att frilansa i Stockholm, mest i Filharmoniska Orkestern.

1991 Bytte lärare till Sven-Erik Eriksson. Vik på Operan i Stockholm. Kom på delad första plats till Gävle Symfoniorkesters stämledartjänst. Tackade nej p.g.a. studiehunger.

1992 Solist i P2 i programmet ”Musikhögskolan presenterar” . Får Kungliga Musikaliska Akademiens högsta stipendium för brassmusiker

1993 Kom in på solodiplom. Vann även stämledartjänstprovspelningen till Stockholms Blåsarsymfoniker. Får Kungliga Musikaliska Akademiens stipendium för brassmusiker.

1994 USA. Kurs i Vermont som ”artist in residence” med Joseph Alessi, New York Philharmonic, som lärare och studier i San Francisco för Mark Lawrence, och New York för Per Brevig, Metropolitan. Spelade som solist med Stockholms Blåsarsymfoniker, Launy Gröndahls Concertino, som även spelades in på CD (CAPRICE RECORDS).

1995 Diplomkonsert med KFO och jetonbelönad, spelade Kazimierz Serocki´s trombonekonsert. Vann provspelningen till Kungliga Hovkapellet som stämledare. Stipendium från Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien.

1996 Får återigen Kungliga Musikaliska Akademiens högsta stipendium för brassmusiker.

1997 Solist med Östgöta Blåsarsymfoniker i Österrike på WASBE. Mats Larssons trombonekonsert. Solist i Tyskland. Solist med Sundsvalls Kammarorkester. Blev med i Filharmonins Brassensemble. Gifter sig med Catrine. Solist med Bergslagens Kammarsymfoniker (Ernest Bloch och Wagenseil.). Börjar jobba med Stockholm Sinfonietta.

1998 Framträdde ffg med the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Har idag gjort 31 turnéer med dem. Har varit med sedan dess som stämledare.

1999 Medlem i Christian Lindbergs kvartett Trombone Unit 2000. Spelar näverlur på inledningen till ”Police och Fire Games” med egenkomponerad fanfar. Får en dotter, Frida. Solist med Marinens musikkår. Solist med Vasakåren.

2000 Skiva med BIS och Unit 2000.

2001 Börjar undervisa på Dalarö Folkhögskola.

2002 Solist med Orkester Filialen (Gordon Jacob). Får en dotter till, Sofia.

2004 Solist med Uppsala Sinfonietta och sverigepremiär på Johan de Meij ”T-Bone concerto”. Solist med OD på deras 150-årsjubileum i specialskrivet stycke av Daniel Börtz.

2005 Solist med The Grenadier of Guards Band i London. Brittisk premiär på Johan de Meij ”T-Bone concerto”

Spelar in filmmusiken till filmen ”Trollflöjten” med COE. Regissörer är Kenneth Branagh och Stephen Fry.

2006 Solist med Västerås Sinfonietta (Darius Milhaud och Leopold Mozart). Solist med Arméns Musikkår (Rimskij Korsakov, även skivinspelning). Headhuntad och inbjuden av the Cleveland Orchestra för att som ende skandinav provspela till solotrombonetjänsten. Undervisar på Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm och Ågesta Folkhögskola (tidigare Dalarö). Solotrombone i Stockholm Brass Band där Håkan framträder som solist på premiärkonserten.

2007 Framträder i Salzburg med Andras Schiff och Thomas Zehetmayr i Alban Bergs Kammerkonzert.
Vinnare av Svenska dirigent/solistpriset (i Konserthuset med Stockholms Sinfonietta.)
Mottagare av Kungliga Musikaliska Akademiens stipendium ur Sten Frykbergs minnesfond. Framträder som solist med Kungliga Hovkapellet i Leopold Mozart´s altbasunkonsert.

2008 Vinnare av Christian Lindberg 2nd International Solo competition i Valencia. Solist med Stockholms Sinfonietta på Finalen av Svenska Dirigentpriset. Framför en egen komponerad fanfar. Spelar in en solo CD med Stockholm Brass band och harpa, ”Mandrake in the corner”. Solist med Stockholm Sinfonietta i Riddarhuset i L-E Larssons concertino. Vinner SM guld i Brassband med Stockholm Brassband och tar även individuellt pris för bästa instrumentala insats i elitklassen. Framträder i SVT i programmet ”Musikministeriet” med ”Humlans Flykt”

2009 Solist med Söderkåren på Rhapsody in Brass, Solist i SVT med Arméns Musikkår med ”Carnivalen i Venedig”, Framför ett specialskrivet stycke med Århus Symfoniorkester på the International Trombone Festival i Århus, solo recital tillsammans med Christian Lindberg, samt fyra andra soloframträdanden under festivalen.Vinner provspelning till solotromboneplatsen i Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Framträder i Alice Tully Hall med COE i Ligeti och Stockhausen kammarkonserter. Solist på galakonserten under Svenska Brassbandsfestivalen i Värnamo. Inbjuden att hålla master class på Juillard School of music.

2010 Master Class i Verona, Teneriffa. Inspirationshelg och solist i Linköping och Hässleholm. Solo i Johan De Meij´s ”T-bone concerto” med De Meij på pulten. Solist med Tromsø Symfoniorkester i specialskrivet stycke för trombone och jojk.

Bart Claessens

Bart Claessens (born 1982) started playing the trombone at the age of eleven after having played the trumpet for several years. He also played the violin for a good number of years. Claessens studied trombone at the Rotterdam Conservatory with George Wiegel. He has had private lessons and participated in masterclasses with some of the greatest trombone players, such as Joseph Alessi, Michel Becquet, Bart van Lier and Christian Lindberg. Claessens joined the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam as a tenor and bass trombonist while still a student in March 2002, and was appointed Principal Trombonist of the orchestra in 2007.

He has travelled all over the world, both with the orchestra and as a teacher. He is always looking for new experiences and inspiration to keep improving his skills, both in playing and teaching. Bart has taught Trombone at Conservatorium Maastricht since 2012.

Apart from being an active member of various (chamber) music ensembles such as the International Trombone Ensemble and the Brass of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he regularly gives recitals and masterclasses. Claessens has been chairman of ‘Vereniging Het Concertgebouworkest’ and board member of the Orchestra since 2015.

Abbie Conant

Abbie Conant
was recognized as especially talented at an early age and received a scholarship to the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she received a diploma in 1973. In 1977 she received her Bachelor´s Degree (cum Laude) from Temple University where she studied with Dee Stewart of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1976 she studied at Yale University, and in 1979 she received her Master´s Degree from the Juilliard School in New York City where she studied with Per Brevig of the Metropolotian Opera. In that same year she was a finalist in the Young Artists Competition in New York City. In 1979 she studied with Vinko Globokar at the L´Accademia di Chigiana in Siena. In 1984 she received a diploma from the Meisterklasse of Branimir Slokar at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Köln.

In 1979-1980 she was solo trombonist of the Royal Opera of Turin. From 1980 to 1993 she was solo trombonist of the Munich Philharmonic.

The International Trombone Association Journal has featured Abbie Conant in a cover article and described her as ”in the first rank of world class trombonists”. She has recorded a highly acclaimed CD of trombone and organ music and performs internationally as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and performance artist, including appearances with the Hessische Rundfunk Symphonie Orchester, the Münchner Kammerorchester, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the St. Joseph´s Symphony, and the Halle Symphony Orchestra. Her work as a performance artist has taken her to most of the large state theaters in Germany, where she has performed to great critical and public acclaim. She has been nominated for the professorships of trombone at the state colleges of music in Köln, Berlin, and Graz.

In 1985 she was a featured solist at the Semaine Internationale du Trombone et du Tuba in Metz. In 1990 she was selected by her peers as a featured soloist at the Internationale Posaunen Verein Werkstatt at the Bundsakademie in Trossingen, where she was also asked to deliver a lecture, ”Die Posaune als Dramatikerin” (”The trombone as Actress”). In 1992 Abbie Conant was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Trombone Association by its 3000 professional members, a group of ten trombonists representing the highest professional standards. In both 1992 and 1995 she was selected to be a featured soloist at the International Trombone Association Workshops in Detmold, Germany, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the recent years she has performed as a soloist in over 155 American and European cities. These performances have been written about in articles in countless publications, including the Washtington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Because of her international reputation Abbie Conant’s highly acclaimed ”International Trombone Camp” draws students from all over the world. In 1992 Abbie Conant was featured in the cover article of The Trombonist, the journal of the British Trombone Society.

In 1992 the Baden-Würtenburg State Ministry for Education, in recognition of her international reputation as a trombonist, named her full tenured Professor of Trombone at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen where she replaced Branimir Slokar. In 1996 Abbie was elected as Vice-President/President Elect of the International Trombone Association, though it has been necessary for her to resign to fulfill the obligations of her solo career.