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Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt
(Swedish: [ˌhærbəʈ ˈblʊmːstɛt]; born July 11, 1927) is a conductor laureate of the San Francisco Symphony.[1]

Blomstedt giving a lecture on Brahms' choral music during the Choral festival in Lund, Sweden
Lund, Sweden

Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt
was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and two years after his birth, his Swedish parents moved the family back to their country of origin. He studied at the Stockholm Royal College of Music and the University of Uppsala, followed by studies of contemporary music at Darmstadt
in 1949, Baroque music with Paul Sacher at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and further conducting studies with Igor Markevitch, Jean Morel at the Juilliard School, and Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
at Tanglewood's Berkshire Music Center. Blomstedt also lived in Finland during his youth. He won the Koussevitzky Conducting
Prize in 1953 and the Salzburg Conducting
Competition in 1955.[2] Blomstedt is most noted for his performances of German and Austrian composers, such as Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Anton Bruckner, Richard Strauss
Richard Strauss
and Paul Hindemith, and also as a champion of Scandinavian composers, such as Edvard Grieg, Franz Berwald, Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius
and Carl Nielsen. A devout Seventh-day Adventist, Blomstedt does not rehearse on Friday nights or Saturdays, the Sabbath in Seventh-day Adventism. He does, however, conduct concerts, since he considers actual performances to be an expression of his religious devotion rather than work.[3]

Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt
in Leipziger Gewandhaus

He has been Music Director or Principal Conductor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (1954–1962), Oslo Philharmonic
Oslo Philharmonic
Orchestra (1962–1968), Danish Radio Symphony (1967–1977) and Swedish Radio Symphony (1977–1982). From 1975-1985, he served as chief conductor of the Dresdner Staatskapelle, in the process making many well-regarded recordings, including works of Richard Strauss
Richard Strauss
and the complete Beethoven and Schubert symphonies, and leading the orchestra on international tours. Blomstedt was music director of the San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphony
from 1985 to 1995. He led the orchestra on regular tours of Europe and Asia, and made numerous prize-winning recordings for London/Decca, winning two Grammy Awards, a Gramophone Award and a Grand Prix du Disque, as well as awards from Belgium, Germany and Japan. After leaving San Francisco full-time, Blomstedt held principal conductorships with the North German Radio Symphony (1996–1998) and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (1998–2005). Blomstedt is currently Conductor Laureate
of the San Francisco Symphony and Honorary Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
and Staatskapelle Dresden. References[edit]

^ Herbert Blomstedt, SF symphony ^ Stevenson, Joseph (July 11, 1927). " Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt
- Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved June 4, 2013.  ^ Steinbrink, Mark (March 9, 1986). "San Francisco's New Conductor – A Man of Firm Beliefs". New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt
at AllMusic Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt
biography at the San Francisco Symphony Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt
- a perspective as of 1998 (includes discography, quotes and concert schedules) Bamberg Symphony Honorary Conductor Danish Radio Symphony Honorary Conductor NHK Symphony
NHK Symphony
Honorary Conductor Swedish Radio Symphony Honorary Conductor[permanent dead link] CAMI Artist Page DECCA Artist Page Interview with Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt
by Bruce Duffie, January 8, 1988

Cultural offices

Preceded by Heinz Freudenthal Principal Conductor, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra 1954-1962 Succeeded by Everett Lee

Preceded by Fritz Busch Chief Conductor, Danish National Symphony Orchestra 1967-1977 Succeeded by Lamberto Gardelli

Preceded by Sergiu Celibidache Principal Conductor, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra 1977-1982 Succeeded by Esa-Pekka Salonen

Preceded by John Eliot Gardiner Principal Conductor, North German Radio Symphony
North German Radio Symphony
Orchestra 1996-1998 Succeeded by Christoph Eschenbach

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 113560516 LCCN: n81120320 ISNI: 0000 0001 0937 2490 GND: 12424890X SELIBR: 208799 SUDOC: 080495796 BNF: cb13891594m (data) MusicBrainz: b9309a94-a333-4474-8b65-ad8761f26