Noble, charming, sober, modest: Herbert Blomstedt possesses qualities which seemingly have little to do with a conductor's claim to power. Anyone who has attended Herbert Blomstedt’s rehearsals and experienced his concentration on the essence of the music and the tenacity regarding the implementation of an aesthetic view, is likely to have been amazed at how few despotic measures were required to this end. Herbert Blomstedt has always represented that type of artist whose professional competence and natural authority make all external emphasis superfluous.
His work as a conductor is inseparably linked to his religious and human ethos. Accordingly, his interpretations combine great faithfulness to the score and analytical precision, with a soulfulness that awakens the music to pulsating life. In the more than sixty years of his career, he has acquired the unrestricted respect of the musical world.
Born in the USA to Swedish parents, Herbert Blomstedt served as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, the Swedish and Danish Radio Orchestras and the Staatskapelle Dresden. Later, he became Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Chief Conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. At the age of ninety, with enormous mental and physical presence, verve and artistic drive, Herbert Blomstedt continues to be at the helm of all leading international orchestras.