Jens Lindemann doesn’t suffer from nerves. The established trumpet player has performed in every major concert venue in the world from the Philharmonics of New York, Los Angeles, London, and Berlin to Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and even on the Great Wall of China.
But debuting the musical tribute he composed to his old family friend Peter Lougheed, at the launch of the Peter Lougheed Leadership Initiative at the University of Alberta last month, Lindemann had butterflies in his stomach.
“I can’t remember the last time I got nervous, it just doesn’t happen anymore, but when I started playing the piece and heard (excerpts of) Peter’s voice, I got these chills of pure nervousness.”
Lindemann, who’s said that the trumpet is capable of being played “with the virtuosity of a violin, the tenderness of the human voice and the stylistic flexibility of the piano”, composed the signature piece, Legacy, in just six weeks. Being a close family friend of the Lougheeds, Lindemann was inspired by alpine scenery and his personal knowledge of Lougheed’s interests.