With a network of Artist Centres and Ateliers around the world, Yamaha works with leading players to support their performances and develop instrument designs and new ideas for the benefit of all musicians. Yamaha Artists share with us a passion for inspiring the next generation of players, and a belief that everybody should be encouraged to nurture their talent, connect with others and tell their stories through music.
Get to know Yamaha artist and trombone player Kristian Persson
Statement about your relation with Yamaha or your instrument:
Ever since I was a kid and aspiring young trombone player, many of my trombone heroes were Yamaha Artists, such as J.J. Johnson, Nils Landgren, Robin Eubanks & Steve Turre just to mention a few. Looking up to these players, my first horn was actually a Yamaha 350C, with only six positions, since I couldn't reach the seventh position. So when I got the chance, it felt like a natural step and an honor to join the Yamaha family. I love my horn, both the sound and the mechanics. I think it's very versatile and works well for me in many different styles and contexts. From horn section work, to big band music and small group jazz.
How does your instrument help you in your daily life as an artist?
It's the extension of my musical voice, it's easy to play and I can flow freely through my creative visions and ideas.
How would you characterise your instrument?
The sound is rich in its overtones, but I still can get a good bite when I need it and the slide flows very smoothly.
Who was your most influential teacher and is there any advice which you still follow?
My first teacher Tommy Saur had a huge influence to set me on the path of being a professional musician from an early age, through his dedication and constant encouragement. My second teacher Sven Larsson also had a big impact on how to progress technically on the instrument and helped me a lot with my fundamentals.
Advice for a young musician
Have patience! In order for you to evolve, you need to be aware that progression might take a bit longer time than initially thought it would. Stay open minded and don't be too quick to create an identity or to be too fixed on what it is you want to do. Because at the end of the day, I believe that life will take you where you need to be. And that might be some other place than you initially expected. Discipline is key, but perhaps the most important thing to keep your fire burning is to have fun in the process!"