Herbert Blomstedt

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Herbert Blomstedt was born 1927 in Springfield, Massachusetts to Swedish parents, and moved to Sweden at age 2. He studied at the Stockholm Royal College of Music and the University of Uppsala, and later with Igor Markevitch, Jean Morel at the Juilliard School, and Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood's Berkshire Music Center.

He won the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize in 1953 and the Salzburg conducting competition in 1955.

He has been music director of the Norrköping Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle (1975-1985), San Francisco Symphony (1985-1995, now Conductor Laureate), North German Radio Symphony (1995-1998) and has been principal conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra since 1998.

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