Which Maestro is this as a young man?

Which Maestro is this as a young man?


norman lebrecht

January 30, 2016

This friendly young violinist is an eminent conductor on today’s international stage.

Who is he?

leif segerstam

UPDATE: Another clue? Here’s how he looks today.




  • Max Grimm says:

    A young Leif Segerstam.

  • Mark Henriksen says:


    • Horst says:

      ….thats a really hard one – copy the pic to your hd and it says what Max said…;-)) Anyway a nice pic and far away of what he looks now…

      • RODNEY GREENBERG says:

        Spoiler Alert: No need to copy. Right-click on any image on any website then select “Search Google for Image.” Takes all the fun out of pictorial quizzes.

    • RW2013 says:

      Does Norman think that Jaap is “eminent”?

  • elizaC says:

    Simone Young

  • Tweettweet says:

    Yes, Leif Segerstam, unrecognizable!

  • FreddyNYC says:

    Could pass for George Pretre – if he were a violinist that is…..

  • Ed says:

    Andris Nelsons

  • William says:

    Mariss Jansons – how many guesses before you reveal who it is?

  • DESR says:

    Whether the years have taken a toll on his frame, Leif still delivered himself of an immense Bruckner 8 last year with the BBCSO which blew the bloody doors off, and even delayed Radio 3’s schedule, clocking in at 1 hour and 43 minutes!

  • Nick says:

    Not difficult, since an excellent vdo was posted less than 6 weeks ago of Segerstam conducting Scheherazade looking precisely as in the second photo!

    I remember the much slimmer Segerstam conducting Entfuhrung in Salzburg way back in the early 1970s.

    • Daniel F. says:

      And, thinner still, a wonderfully energetic Freischutz Overture with the Juilliard Orchestra ca. 1965 at one of their “1:00 Concerts” reserved for student conductors. I also recall his kind, thoughtful “subbing” for a frail Bernard Wagenaar in the latter’s Literature and Materials of Music (AKA: theory/harmony) in which he showed us in only a few sessions all that the ailing Wagenaar had not been teaching us, though so tactfully not throwing the venerable Wagenaar under the bus.

  • Frank Storbeck says:

    it’s the young Leif Segerstam. Now “Papa Big Bear”…

  • Una says:

    Looks like the personification of Moses to me!!!!