Maestro, 95, shares a birthday

Maestro, 95, shares a birthday


norman lebrecht

July 11, 2022

The Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt turned 95 today. He was unable to direct a Leipzig concert due to a recent fall.

Slippedisc’s owner shares the same date of birth, albeit of more recent vintage.

Both celebrants are inordinately grateful for an outpouring of friendly greetings from all corners of the world.


  • J. Darton says:


  • Nancy Malitz says:

    Earlier this season I heard him conduct a radiant, youthful Bruckner 4. Spring in his step, too.

  • E.R. says:

    Many Happy Birthday wishes to

  • Gaffney Feskoe says:

    Ad multos annoa to both!

  • M McGrath says:

    Happy birthday to you BOTH!

  • Adam Stern says:

    Many happy returns to both gentlemen!

  • Bret says:

    Any word on how he’s doing?

  • IP says:

    Many happy returns. And just because you are younger does not mean that you should not mind the stairs.

  • Rob says:

    Happy birthday to you both, may the sun shine on you today and every day.

  • Conway says:

    As a member of the London Philharmonic Choir, my very first performance of Mahler 2 was with Herbert Blomstedt, back in 1999. A hugely momentous occassion for me. I remain deeply honoured to have been a part of it all. Happy birthday, maestro, and thank you for a cherished memory that will stay with me forever.

  • Michael Turner (conductor) says:

    For me, HB is a shining light of integrity within the conducting profession.

    Happy Birthday to HB and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    Happy Birthday to you too Norman!

  • Hazel Turze Phillips says:

    Happy Birthday to both of you !

  • Graham Elliott says:


  • Anneli Kumlin says:

    Happy Birthday to Herbert Blomstedt – I attended his debut concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall in 1954, I was 13 – my father accompanied me and said after the concert ”We will have to keep our eyes on him – he will be one of the greatest, I am sure” and right he was! Wishing Maestro Blomstedt all the best!