Conductor Herbert Blomstedt

Herbert Blomstedt

A preview of our concerts featuring the highly respected Swedish conductor Herbert Thorson Blomstedt, who has conducted some of the most prestigious orchestras around the world such as Gewandhausorchester, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and many more.

About Herbert Blomstedt

Herbert Blomstedt, a prominent American-born Swedish conductor, has made significant contributions to the world of classical music throughout his illustrious career. Born to Swedish parents, Blomstedt relocated to Sweden with his family stoin 1929. He received formal training at the Stockholm Musikhögskolan and the University of Uppsala before pursuing further studies with renowned mentors.

Blomstedt honed his craft under the guidance of Igor Markevitch in Paris and Jean Morel at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He also had the privilege of working with Leonard Bernstein at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood, where he was awarded the prestigious Koussevitzky Prize in 1953. His thirst for knowledge led him to study contemporary music in Darmstadt and Renaissance and Baroque music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Additionally, he collaborated with Igor Markevitch in Salzburg.

In February 1954, Herbert Blomstedt made his professional conducting debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He went on to serve as the Music Director of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra from 1954 to 1961. Simultaneously, he held the position of first conductor with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1962 to 1968. Blomstedt's prowess as a conductor also found expression with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, where he served as chief conductor from 1967 to 1977. Moreover, he served as chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm from 1977 to 1983.

Herbert Blomstedt's talent has been sought after by orchestras worldwide, leading to guest appearances with renowned ensembles such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Blomstedt served as the Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1995, leaving a lasting impact during his tenure. He continued to collaborate with the orchestra, including their 75th-anniversary gala concert in 1986 and a successful European tour in 1987. He also served as the Music Director of the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg from 1996 to 1998 and later succeeded Kurt Masur as the Music Director of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig from 1998 to 2005.

Throughout his career, Blomstedt has received numerous accolades and honors, including honorary conductor ships and honorary doctorates. His extensive discography showcases his remarkable interpretations of works by composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Carl Nielsen, Johannes Brahms, Bruckner, Paul Hindemith, Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss, and Jean Sibelius. His recordings have been widely acclaimed and recognized with major awards.

Herbert Blomstedt's unwavering dedication to the art of conducting, his extraordinary interpretations, and his exceptional collaborations have solidified his status as one of the most esteemed conductors of our time.

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