On Friday 8 September, The King and Queen attended a concert to mark Herbert Blomstedt's 90th birthday. Herbert Blomstedt conducted the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at his own birthday concert at the Berwaldhallen Concert Hall.
Herbert is the orchestra's honorary conductor, and turned 90 this year. He still works as a guest conductor for leading orchestras all over the world. The King and Queen attended the concert on Friday evening at the Berwaldhallen Concert Hall, where Herbert conducted the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The programme featured:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 3, Eroica
Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Richard Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
Herbert Blomstedt studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Uppsala University, the Juilliard School, the Darmstadt School and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He made his début with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 1954, after which he served as principal conductor for many orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
He has also guest conducted many other orchestras. He is honorary conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, as well as the NHK Japan, San Francisco, Danish Radio and Swedish Radio symphony orchestras.