TROMBONE UNIT HANNOVER came into being on the occasion of the Deutschen Musikwettbewerb 2008 and comprises nine young trombonists who studied at Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. Several members of the ensemble play in top orchestras such as the Bamberger Symphonikern, the Deutschen Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken und Kaiserslautern, the Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Hamburger Symphonikern, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Staatsoper Hannover and the Sinfonieorchester des SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg.
The musicians’ biographies also list a number of awards from national and international music competitions: these include the ARD International Music Competition, the Conn-Lindberg Competition, International Instrumental Competition, Markneukirchen, the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments and the German Music Competition.
Their longtime mentor was, and is, Prof. Jonas Bylund. He particularly emphasizes the value of playing together in a chamber music setting: whether as a quartet, sextet or octet, the benefit they derive from Bylund’s great store of experience extends far beyond their student days.
In fact, the formation of TROMBONE UNIT HANNOVER could be seen as a logical extension of the years of involvement in chamber music while still students, but the decisive factor was their love of music and the friendships that developed between them. This first became evident to a wider public during the German Music Competition 2008. Their exceptional performance in this music contest earned them a grant from the German Music Council.
In 2011 the ensemble participated at the German Music Competition again. This time, they convinced the jury and won the competition as first trombone ensemble ever in its 36 years of history.
Since 2009 the ensemble have appeared regularly on tour throughout Germany and abroad. A small selection of the appearances they have made since their formation includes concerts at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Festival of the International Trombone Association in Åarhus, the Kissinger Winterzauber, at the Raderberg Concert Series in Cologne to name but a few. In 2011 the ensemble went on tour to Brazil to perform several concerts at the Virtuosi Festival in Recife. One of the concerts were together with trombone legend Christian Lindberg.
Outside of the orchestra, ever less attention is being paid to the trombone. The nine members of the ensemble, however, through their love of music, their artistic style, the professionality of their work and not least through their authenticity, are well on the way to lifting the trombone out of oblivion in solo and chamber music. Already performed commissioned works by Daniel Schnyder and Jan Glembotzki as well as upcoming world premieres of pieces by Georg Friedrich Haas and Ricardo Molla attest to this intentions.