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Leif Segerstam (b1944)

“Leif Segerstam has a fine feeling for the breadth and depth of Korngold’s intricate orchestrations and the nervous, erotic tension of his personal form of expressionism.”
BBC Music Magazine on the Naxos recording of Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt performed by the Royal Swedish Opera under Leif Segerstam.

Born in 1944, Leif Segerstam studied violin, piano, composition and conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, followed by postgraduate studies at The Juilliard School of Music in New York under Morel, Persinger, Overton and Persichetti.

He began his conducting career in the opera houses of Helsinki, Stockholm and West Berlin, and early guest appearances took him to the Metropolitan Opera, New York and the major European opera houses including La Scala and Covent Garden.

He was chief conductor of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1975–82, and of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1977 to 1987, with which he maintains close contact as principal guest conductor. From 1983–89 he served as general music director of the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany) and is still their honorary guest conductor.



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