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Herbert Blomstedt, who was born in 1927 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Swedish parents, received his musical education at the Royal Conservatory in Stockholm, Uppsala University, and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He later continued his training with Igor Markevitch in Salzburg and with Leonard Bernstein in Tanglewood. In February 1954 Blomstedt made his debut conducting the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra before going on to become principal conductor of such leading Scandinavian ensembles as the Oslo Philharmonic (1962–68) and the Danish (1968–77) and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras (1977–82). From 1975 to 1985 he additionally helmed the Staatskapelle Dresden. In 1985 Blomstedt was selected as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, where he remained for
ten years. He worked in Hamburg as head of the NDR Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 1998, and from 1998 to 2005 he served as the Music Director of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor. His recording of Bruckner’s complete symphonies with the Leipzigers won the International Classical Music Award in 2013. Blomstedt guest conducts the leading orchestras of Europe and North America. In the 2015-16 season he completed a European tour with the Vienna Philharmonic and concertized with such ensembles as the Filarmonica della Scala, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Herbert Blomstedt is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Music Academy and holds several honorary doctorates. In April 2016 he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 24 August 1979 conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden in works by Respighi and Bruckner.