Herbert Blomstedt


Herbert Blomstedt, who was born in 1927 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Swedish parents, received his musical education at the Royal Conservatory in Stockholm, the University of Uppsala, and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He later continued his studies with Igor Markevitch in Salzburg and with Leonard Bernstein in Tanglewood. In February 1954, Blomstedt made his debut at the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and later, as principal conductor, led such important Scandinavian ensembles as the Oslo Philharmonic (1962-68), the Danish (1968-77), and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1977-82). From 1975 to 1985, he also headed the Staatskapelle Dresden. In 1985 Herbert Blomstedt was elected Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, with which he remained associated for ten years; they also undertook numerous European tours together. He helmed the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg from 1996 to 1998 and, from 1998 to 2005, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestrawhich, which subsequently appointed him its honorary conductor. As a guest conductor, Herbert Blomstedt works with all of the leading orchestras in Europe and North America and is still internationally active at the age of more than 90. In the 2019-20 season, he conducted the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the San Francisco and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. In the fall of 2020, he will perform with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. Herbert Blomstedt is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and holds several honorary doctorates. He received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2016. To mark his 90th birthday in 2017, a collection of interviews was published under the title Mission Musik.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 24 August 1979 conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden in a program of works by Respighi and Bruckner.

August 2020