Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Lindberg, Norway, 2010
Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic OrchestraNorwegian Arctic Philharmonic OrchestraChristian Lindberg
Tour Dates
  • 27 Dec, 2010 - 9 Jan, 2011

Tour Dates: 27 Dec, 2010 - 9 Jan, 2011

Christian Lindberg - Chief Conductor

Music from the top of the world
Norway’s Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year concert
Conducted by Christian Lindberg

In August 2009, a new philharmonic orchestra debuted in Norway. The Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra was founded as a collaborative project, uniting the leading musical institutions from the region to produce an outstanding ensemble with a unique sense of identity and belonging.  Their Artistic Director and Chief Conductor is the legendary trombonist Christian Lindberg.    

In 2011 the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra will embark on its first tour of China, from 29th Decmber, 2010 to 8 January, 2011,  Wu Promotion will present ‘Music from the top of the world – Norway’s Arctic Philharmonic’s New Year Concert’ at Guangzhou, Xi'an, Tangshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Shandong. Audiences will be treated to a solo appearance from the trombone master Lindberg on Ole Olsen’s Concertino for trombone and orchestra.

Founded in Bodø on June 18, 2009. With a budget of NOK 44 million (2009), the company has already become Northern Norway’s second largest culture institution. The state budget proposes a further increase of NOK 10 million in 2010.

“The creation of this new philharmonic orchestra is the biggest cultural event in Norway after the opening of the Opera House in Oslo last year,” said a proud Minister of Culture and Church Affairs Trond Giske at the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra premiere concert in Bodø on August 1.  

Just a few months after the successful premiere concerts in Bodø and Tromsø in August 2009, it has been confirmed that the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra with principal conductor Christian Lindberg are coming on an extensive tour to China.

Such a tour is extremely prestigious internationally. The tour runs from December 26, 2010 through to January 9, 2011 and a total of 10 concerts are planned. The tour starts with two concerts in Beijing and ends in Shanghai. Prior to leaving for the tour, the orchestra will have 18 concerts throughout Northern Norway in 2010.

New flagship

The Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra has been arranged as a project orchestra with the ensembles Bodø Sinfonietta and Tromsø Chamber Orchestra as the core, supplemented by "Divisjonsmusikken i Harstad" and "Landsdelsmusikerne i Nord-Norge". Two local opera companies, "Musikkteater i Bodø" and "Opera Nord", now comprise the Norwegian Arctic Opera. the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra’s administration is located in the cities of Bodø and Tromsø. The local roots in the region are important, but at the same time it is important to look abroad.


Christian Lindberg
- Star Chief Conductor

Christian LindbergA Swedish trombone virtuoso. Lindberg has premiered over 200 works, including over 70 new concertGrowing up in Sweden, he learned to play the trumpet before taking up the trombone at the age of 17.

He soon started studying with Sven-Erik Eriksson at the Swedish Royal Academy of Music. By the age of 19 he had a professional position in the Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra and at 20 he left the orchestral career behind to study to become a full-time soloist. He studied with John Iveson at the Royal College of Music (1979–80) and with Ralph Sauer and Roger Bobo in Los Angeles (1983).

In 1981 he had his first big break, winning the Nordic Soloists’ Biennale competition. He had his concert debut in 1984 with the Trombone Concerto by Henri Tomasi with the Swedish RSO conducted by Saraste. In the same year he signed a recording contract by Robert von Bahr and released his first solo CD on the BIS label, “The Virtuoso Trombone”. Initially commissioned for an impressive three album deal to cover the most challenging music in the repertoire, Lindberg has gone on to produce over 60 solo CDs. He is best known for his performance of avant-garde. His repertoire includes Luciano Berio's "The Ballad of Kit Bones" and Fredrik Hogberg's“The Ballad of Kit Bones” and “Su ba do be”.

The orchestra had premieres in Bodø on August 1 and Tromsø on August 20, drawing full houses and gaining good reviews at both events. Widely known conductor Christian Lindberg, who conducted both concerts, has now signed as principal conductor and artistic advisor for a four-year period. “This collaboration opens up completely new opportunities internationally for the new orchestra. The ambition is by 2014 to be an orchestra of the highest calibre, which is an important resource in the region, and which is also established internationally through tours and recordings,” says DirectorRolf-Cato Raade.


 Video: Creating a Orchestra



29 December, 2010, Laiwu Exhibition Centre, Shandong

31 December, 2010, Xiaolan Gymnasium, Zhongshan

1 January, 2011, Dongguan Cultural Weekend Theatre, Dongguan

4 January, 2011, Guangzhou Theatre, Guangzhou

6 January, 2011, Xi’an Concert Hall, Xi’an

8 January, 2011, Tangshan

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