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Herbert Blomstedt

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Herbert Thorson Blomstedt is a respected conductor, especially famed for his early twentieth hundred years symphonic repertory. He was created in america of Swedish parents who shifted back again to Sweden in 1929. His mom was a pianist who provided him his initial music lessons. He got general education classes at the College or university of Uppsala and music research on the Royal University of Music in Stockholm. He visited Paris for performing lessons with Igor Markevitch, inheriting something of this maestro’s brisk, very clear presentation from the music. He continuing performing research with Jean Morel on the Juilliard College in NY with Leonard Bernstein on the Berkshire Music Middle in Tanglewood, where in 1953 he earned the Koussevitzky Performing Award. His professional performing debut was another season using the Stockholm Philharmonic. Exactly the same season, he was appointed music movie director using the Norrköpping Symphony Orchestra, a well-respected Swedish orchestra. In 1955, he got initial prize within the Salzburg performing competition. He continued to be in his placement with Norrköpping with the 1961 period, following that using the post of initial conductor from the Oslo Philharmonic (1962-1968) and sometimes performing the Royal Danish Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen. In 1967, he started an extended tenure as music movie director of this orchestra before end of the growing season in 1977. In 1975, Blomstedt was asked by the music artists from the Dresden Condition Orchestra (Staatskapelle) to be their music movie director. In that placement, he frequently documented for Western businesses along with the East German condition recording company, producing especially significant recordings of symphonies of Nielsen and Berwald. During his a decade in the helm, he led the orchestra on well-received worldwide trips. He was appointed music movie director from the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Symphony Orchestra in 1985 and spent a decade in that placement. His period there included an interval once the orchestra needed to be quickly rebuilt after a lot of its music artists were divide off to create the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Performing Arts Orchestra, which has for the opera and ballet. This reorganization occurred without appreciable drop in quality and shortly the orchestra was named much better than ever. Blomstedt produced several significant recordings with it for the London label and he continues to be conductor laureate from the orchestra. In 1995, he got a two-year term as key conductor from the NDR Symphony in Hamburg and in 1998 became music movie director from the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He provides guest conducted lots of the world’s leading orchestras and his recordings possess won a number of the leading awards, like the French Grand Prix du Disque and Belgian Caecilia Award for his SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA documenting of Nielsen’s 4th and Fifth symphonies along with a German Record Critics award for Greatest Documenting of 1995 for Mahler’s Symphony No 2. His Grammy Honours include Greatest Choral Documenting for Orff’s Carmina Burana and Brahms’ German Requiem and Greatest Classical Engineered Documenting for Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.

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Date Of Birth July 11, 1927
Profession Music Director
Education Uppsala University, Juilliard School
Nationality Swedish, American
Spouse Waltraud Blomstedt
Parents Adolf Blomstedt, Alida Thorson
Awards Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance
Music Groups NHK Symphony Orchestra
Albums Nielsen: Symphonies, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig & Herbert Blomstedt, Grieg: Peer Gynt (Incidental Music), Ein Deutsches Requiem (San Francisco Symphony and Chorus feat. conductor: Herbert Blomstedt), Sinfonie Nr. 5 B-Dur, Symphonies 1 & 6, Beethoven: Leonore, Symphonies 4 & 5, Symphonies 2 & 3, Eine Alpensinfonie / Don Juan, Brahms Choral Works (San Fransisco Symphony and Chorus feat. conductor: Herbert Blomstedt / The Choir of King's College feat. conductor: Stephen Cleobury / New English Singers feat. conductor: Simon Preston / New Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Claudio Abbado), Carmina Burana, Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 "Romantic", Concerto for Orchestra / Kossuth, Sinfonie Nr. 9 (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig feat. conductor: Herbert Blomstedt), Reger: Violin Concerto, Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7, Symphony no. 1 “Sinfonie Sérieuse” / Symphony no. 4, Symphonies, etc. (San Francisco Symphony feat. conductor: Herbert Blomstedt, oboe: William Bennett), Symphonia Serena / Die Harmonie der Welt, Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Metamorphosen, Berwald: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4, Missa solemnis, Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major "The Great", Strauss, R.: Eine Alpensinfonie; Don Juan, Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2 / Nielsen: Aladdin Suite; Maskarade Overture, DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 8 / SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony No. 6 (Dresden Staatskapelle, Blomstedt), Sinfonie Nr. 8 c-Moll, The Complete Symphonies, Nielsen: Symphony No. 5, Concertos and Wind Quintet, Symphonien Nr. 5 & 8 (Staatskapelle Dresden feat. conductor: Herbert Blomstedt), Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1,3,4,5, Grieg: Piano Concerto / Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6, Hindemith: Noblissima Visione; Der Schwanendreher; Konzertmusik, Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Op. 73, Mozart: Divertimenti, K. 136-138, Oboe Concerto in C Major & Adagio and Fugue in C Minor KV 546, Symphonic Orchestral - Beethoven: Symphony No.9 Choral, Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Variations sérieuses / Rondo capriccioso, Nielsen Symphonies 1-4 etc, Symphony no. 9 in C, etc., Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4, Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3, Brahms: Symphony No.4; Alto Rhapsody; Nanie, Mozart: Hornkonzerte, Christian Maria von Weber: Piano Concertos (Rosel, Dresden Staatskapelle, Blomstedt), The Golden Dance / Piano Concerto No. 3, Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche, Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6, Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Movies Bach: Mass in B Minor (Gewandhaus Orchestra)


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saraband 2003 TV Movie performer: "Symphony no. 9 in D Minor, Movement 2: Scherzo"
Angels Don't Sleep Here 2002 performer: "La Traviata: Vorspeil III Akt"
Frank Lloyd Wright 1998 Documentary performer: "Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125"

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9th October Memorial Concert 1999 TV Movie Conductor

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Music Department

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Saraband 2003 TV Movie conductor - uncredited

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BBC Proms 2010 TV Series Himself - Conductor

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