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Wednesday 17 March, 2021

Stavanger Brass Band’s principal trombone player, Karianne Flåtene Nilssen, recently celebrated her latest career milestone by becoming a Yamaha artist.
British Bandsman editor Mark Good chats to the talented 31-year-old performer, who grew up in the small town of Haugesund, about her new role, her musical roots and her flourishing career on the trombone.

Congratulations on becoming a Yamaha artist! What does it mean to you to have this honour?

KFN: Thank you so much. I feel, first and foremost, truly honoured and humbled to join the astounding ranks of the Yamaha artists. It’s a great pleasure to be a part of such an amazing team and I’m equally thrilled that exciting things are already in progress.


What is it about the Yamaha brand that really attracts you to the instrument?

KFN: In February 2020, I travelled to the Yamaha workshop in Hamburg to discover what they could achieve. Their team helped me pick out and put together an instrument that was impossible to walk away from. I’ve played on a number of different trombones over the years. What I found with my new Yamaha trombone was a great feel and sound throughout the whole register, in all dynamics. It’s incredibly consistent and versatile, which makes me capable of expressing myself in demanding repertoire across a wide range of genres.


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