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Herbert Blomstedt (Swedish: [ˌhæɹːbəʈ ˈblʊmːstɛt]; born July 11, 1927) is a conductor laureate of the San Francisco Symphony.

Herbert Blomstedt was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and two years after his birth, his Swedish parents moved the family back to their country of origin. He studied at the Stockholm Royal College of Music and the University of Uppsala, followed by studies of contemporary music at Darmstadt in 1949, Baroque music with Paul Sacher at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and further conducting studies with Igor Markevitch, Jean Morel at the Juilliard School, and Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood's Berkshire Music Center. Blomstedt also lived in Finland during his youth.

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

Blomstedt is most noted for his performances of German and Austrian composers, such as Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Anton Bruckner and Richard Strauss, and also as a champion of Scandinavian composers, such as Edvard Grieg, Franz Berwald, Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen.

A devout Seventh-day Adventist, Blomstedt does not rehearse on Friday nights or Saturdays, the Sabbath in Seventh-day Adventism. He does, however, conduct concerts, since he considers actual performances to be an expression of his religious devotion rather than work.

He has been Music Director or Principal Conductor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (1954–1962), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (1962–1968), Danish Radio Symphony (1967–1977) and Swedish Radio Symphony (1977–1982). From 1975-1985, he served as chief conductor of the Dresdner Staatskapelle, in the process making many well-regarded recordings, including works of Richard Strauss and the complete Beethoven and Schubert symphonies, and leading the orchestra on international tours.

Blomstedt was music director of the San Francisco Symphony from 1985 to 1995. He led the orchestra on regular tours of Europe and Asia, and made numerous prize-winning recordings for London/Decca, winning two Grammy Awards, a Gramophone Award and a Grand Prix du Disque, as well as awards from Belgium, Germany and Japan. After leaving San Francisco full-time, Blomstedt held principal conductorships with the North German Radio Symphony (1996–1998) and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (1998–2005).

Blomstedt is currently Conductor Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony and Honorary Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Staatskapelle Dresden.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Mathis der Maler / Trauermusik / Symphonic Metamorphosis Hindemith; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 3
1988 Symphonies 4 & 5 Nielsen; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1988 The Golden Dance / Piano Concerto no. 3 Charles Wuorinen; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt, Garrick Ohlsson 1
1989 Symphonies 1 & 6 Nielsen; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1990 Eine Alpensinfonie / Don Juan Richard Strauss; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 2
1990 Peer Gynt Grieg; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 2
1990 Symphonies 2 & 3 Nielsen; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1991 Carmina Burana Carl Orff; San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 5 1
1992 Symphony no. 2 / Tapiola / Valse Triste Jean Sibelius; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1993 Symphony no. 9 in C / Overture in C, D. 591 Schubert; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 2
1993 Symphony no. 1 “Sinfonie Sérieuse” / Symphony no. 4 Berwald; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1993 Symphony no. 3 in A minor, op. 56 "Scottish" / Symphony no. 4 in A major, op. 90 "Italian" Mendelssohn; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1994 Mahler 2 "Resurrection" Mahler; Ziesak, Hellekant, San Francisco Symphony & Chorus, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1994 Harbison: Oboe Concerto / Symphony no. 2 / Sessions: Symphony no. 2 John Harbison, Roger Sessions; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt, William Bennett 1
1995 Ein Deutsches Requiem Johannes Brahms; Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, Wolfgang Holzmair, San Francisco Symphony & Chorus, Herbert Blomstedt 2
1995 Concerto for Orchestra / Kossuth Bartók; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1996 Luna / Symphony no. 3 / Twilight Per Nørgård; The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Herbert Blomstedt, Tamás Vető, Jan Latham-Koenig 1
1996 Symphonies 1 & 7 Sibelius; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1996 Symphonies no. 5 & 8 "Unfinished" Franz Schubert; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1997 Choral Works Johannes Brahms; Blomstedt, Abbado, Preston 1
2000 Symphonia Serena / Die Harmonie der Welt Hindemith; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2001 Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Variations sérieuses / Rondo capriccioso Felix Mendelssohn; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt, Jean-Yves Thibaudet 1
2006 Symphonien Nr. 5 & 8 Franz Schubert; Staatskapelle Dresden, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2008 Complete Symphonies Franz Schubert; Herbert Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden 1
2013 Sinfonie Nr. 5 B-Dur Anton Bruckner; Herbert Blomstedt; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 1
Peer Gynt - Vollständige Bühnenmusik (Originalfassung) Grieg; Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Herbert Blomstedt, Rundfunkchor Leipzig 1
Sinfonie Nr. 9 Anton Bruckner; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt 1
Symphony no. 7 in E major Bruckner; Staatskapelle Dresden, Herbert Blomstedt 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Also Sprach Zarathustra / Don Juan Richard Strauss; Staatskapelle Dresden, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1999 The Symphonies nos. 4 - 6 Nielsen; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 2
1999 The Symphonies Nos. 1 - 3 Nielsen; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2000 Orchestral Works Hindemith; San Francisco Symphony, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2001 Symphonies (complete) Beethoven; Staatskapelle Dresden, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2003 Great Recordings of the Century: Clarinet Concertos nos. 1 & 2 / Concertino & Clarinet Quintet Weber; Sabine Meyer, Herbert Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden, Jörg Faerber, Württembergisches Kammerorchester 2
2003 The Symphonies Franz Schubert; Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2006 The Symphonies Sibelius; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2007 Simply Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Sinfonia Varsovia, Emmanuel Krivine, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2007 Concertos for Clarinet, Flute & Violin, etc. Nielsen; Kjell-Inge Stevensson, Franz Lemmser, Arve Tellefsen, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2007 Symphonies 1–6 / Bøhmisk–dansk folketone / Andante lamentoso (Ved en ung kunstners baare) Nielsen; Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2008 Symphonies 1-6 / Overtures / Concertos / Wind Quintet / Piano Music Nielsen; Leif Ove Andsnes, Melos Ensemble, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2014 The San Francisco Years Herbert Blomstedt 1

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