Yamaha Trumpet Artist Jens Lindemann Awarded the Order of Canada

TORONTO, ON (December 29, 2014) His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has announced that Jens Lindemann has been appointed Member of the Order of Canada, for his skill as a world-renowned trumpet soloist, and for his support of Canadian musicians and music students. “It is profoundly humbling to be recognized in this manner”, said Lindemann. “This recognition only motivates me further to continue carrying the message of Canada internationally while always bringing the experiences back home to mentor other Canadians coming up.”

Order of Canada MedalJens Lindemann, C.M. rose to international fame when he won both the Prague and Ellsworth Smith (Florida) International Trumpet competitions, both by unanimous juries, in the same year, 1992. Since then, he has been hailed as one of the most celebrated soloists in his instrument’s history and was the first Canadian trumpet soloist to ever appear at Carnegie Hall with symphony orchestra. Recently named “International Brass Personality of the Year” (Brass Herald), Jens has also played in every major concert venue in the world: from the Philharmonics of New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Moscow and Tokyo and even the Great Wall of China. His career has ranged from being featured at the 2010 Olympics for an audience of 2 billion people, NHL Stanley Cup finals, national anthems at both the Rose Bowl and for the San Francisco Giants, performing at London’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’, recording with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to playing lead trumpet with the renowned Canadian Brass and a solo Command Performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Jens has also won major awards ranging from Grammy and Juno nominations to winning the prestigious Echo Klassik in Germany and British Bandsman 2011 Solo CD of the year as well as receiving several honorary doctorates.

Heralded internationally as an outstanding artist, critics have stated: “ he gave a sizzling, high energy performance in the American premiere of the Canadian trumpet concerto 'Dreaming of the Masters' at Carnegie Hall" (New York Times), “a world-class talent” (Los Angeles Times), “it was one of the most memorable recitals in International Trumpet Guild history” (ITG), “performed brilliantly in the North American premiere of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Concerto with the Toronto Symphony” (Toronto Star), and “he gave the virtuoso highlight of the evening with the Montreal Symphony” (Montreal Gazette).

“Jens became an official Yamaha artist on October 3rd 1994 and we have had the pleasure of working with him in this role as an educator conducting hundreds of master classes and workshops for students at every level from beginners to experience professionals all across Canada and around the world” cites Steve Butterworth of Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. “Jens has an active engagement with Yamaha world-wide through his travels as a soloist and master teacher at brass festivals and on his own concert tours. His enthusiasm and sheer will to bring together great artists and students at the Banff International Brass Residency is a testament to his commitment to his fellow musicians as well as his sense of responsibility to nurture the next generation of great brass players and musical artists. That is one of the reasons we believe so strongly insupporting his efforts” Butterworth adds.

Jens also joins the ranks of other esteemed Yamaha artists to have been awarded the Order of Canada such as Phil Nimmons (clarinet), Ian McDougall (trombone), and the late Oscar Peterson (Bösendorfer & Clavinova).

Jens performs on 24k gold-plated Yamaha trumpets including the Artist Xeno and Custom Xeno models. As well Jens has been an instrument development artist on several new models but especially the YTR988 rotary piccolo trumpet.

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