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Herbert Blomstedt

Martin U.K. Lengemann

Herbert Blomstedt was born in 1927 in USA by Swedish parents, who chose to return to Sweden just a few years after his birth. Herbert Blomstedt studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at the university in Uppsala. Later on he also studied at the famous Julliard School of Music in New York and with Igor Markevitch in Paris as well as Jean Morel and Leonard Bernstein in USA. In 1954 Blomstedt had his debut as conductor with the Stockholm Philharmonics with music by Bach, Beethoven and Hindemith, and already the year after he was assigned his first post as chief conductor.

Herbert Blomstedt has been music director of some of the world's finest orchestras, including the Dresden Staatskapelle and San Francisco Symphony. He has also led the North German Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, and Oslo Philharmonic.

Today, Herbert Blomstedt is honorary conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Bamberger Symphonikerne. He also carries the title of Conductor Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Blomstedt has made many acclaimed recordings over the years, most notably in Dresden and San Francisco.