Torgny Hanson

Conductor in Residence

TORGNY HANSON, born 1945, started to play the cornet in the Malmö 1 Corps Salvation Army Band at the early age of 11. When he was 16 he was appointed deputy bandmaster and started his musical education at 18 at the State College of Music in Malmö where the famous Danish trumpeter Knud Hovaldt was his teacher. In 1971 Torgny Hanson studied trumpet with Bernard Brown at Guildhall School of Music in London and also the brass band movement and it's repertoire under supervision of Geoffrey Brand and Eric Ball.

In his professional life Torgny Hanson is an educator and a performer. He has been a teacher at the State College of Music in Malmö as well as at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where he also was the director for the instrumental- and ensemble-teachers' education. His professional career as conductor has included positions as musical director of two fulltime professional wind orchestras, Östgöta Symphonic Winds and Stockholm Symphonic Wind Orchestra. He has since 1991 regularly conducted the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain and is an artistic adviser of that organization. Today Torgny Hanson is the Inspector of Military Music in Sweden with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

As brass band conductor he is well known in The Salvation Army after more than twenty years leadership for the Södertälje SA Band and now since 1995 for the internationally renowned Stockholm South Citadel Band. He has been a guest conductor of bands in several countries but also directed courses for musicians and conductors in Scandinavia, UK, USA and Canada. In 1988 he was invited by James Watson and The Desford Colliery Band to spend a week of rehearsals and concerts as guest conductor which also meant the world-premiere performance of Robert Simpson's composition 'Introduction and Allegro on a Bass by Max Reger'. In 2002 he visited USA to conduct several top brass bands in the states of Ohio, Kentucky and New York.

Torgny Hanson is often invited as adjudicator of contest for brass bands as well as symphonic bands. In 2000 as well as 2003 he was adjudicating in the European championships for brass bands. His transcriptions and arrangements for brass band are played frequently.