Leif Segerstam is one of the most versatile and interesting musical talents from the Nordic countries, studying violin, piano, composition and conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki before taking a postgraduate course at New York’s Juilliard School of Music.
He is Chief Conductor Emeritus of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in gratitude for his supremely successful 12-year period as Chief Conductor. He also holds honorary titles with Malm Opera and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany following extremely notable periods as chief conductor with both orchestras. He has held positions as Chief Conductor of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as Music Director and Chief Conductor
of the Royal Swedish Opera, and later also re-appointed as Chief Conductor and Director of Finnish National Opera. He is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, and honorary conductor of Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.
Leif Segerstam conducts at Wiener Staatsoper, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Detroit Symphony, NHK Symphony Orchestra, in London with the Philharmonia, London Symphony and BBC Symphony orchestras, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and he was one of the most important ambassadors for Sibelius’s 2015 anniversary year.
Apart from being a conductor Segerstam is also a composer, - and have until now composed 335 symphonies. For his amazing work of bringing Nordic music out to orchestras around the globe Leif Segerstam received in 1999 the Nordic Council’s Music Award.