Paavo Berglund

Finnish Conductor
Born Apr 14, 1929
Died 2012

Paavo Allan Engelbert Berglund OBE was a Finnish conductor and violinist. Born in Helsinki, Berglund studied the violin as a child, and played an instrument made by his grandfather. By age 15, he had decided on music as his career, and by 18 was playing in restaurants. During the Second World War, Berglund worked at the iron factories in Billnäs. Children were moved out of Helsinki during heavy stages of the war.… Read More

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1929 Birth Born in 1929.


1945 16 Years Old He already had played in dance orchestras in 1945. … Read More
1946 17 Years Old …  His professional career as a violinist began in 1946, playing the whole summer at the officers' mess (Upseerikasino) in Helsinki.


1949 20 Years Old 1 More Event
He was a violinist in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1949 until 1958 in the 1st violin section, unique among the instrumentalists in being accommodated for seating to account for the fact that he was left-handed. … Read More
1953 24 Years Old In 1953, Berglund co-founded the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra (partly inspired by the Boyd Neel Orchestra).
1955 26 Years Old In 1955, he was appointed Associate Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and served as chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1962 to 1971. … Read More


1959 30 Years Old He was also conductor of the mixed voice choir of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki, The Academic Choral Society (Akateeminen Laulu) from 1959 until 1961. … Read More
1965 36 Years Old In the UK, Berglund led Sibelius Centenary Concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1965, and became their principal conductor in 1972, concluding his tenure in Bournemouth in 1979.


1972 43 Years Old Berglund led the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with distinction between 1972 and 1979, significantly raising its performing standards, as can be heard from the many recordings made by it for EMI during this period. … Read More
1978 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Berglund made his New York debut in 1978 with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall, in a concert of Shostakovich and Sibelius. … Read More


1979 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Berglund resigned from both the Helsinki and Bournemouth orchestras in 1979. … Read More


1997 68 Years Old The late Finnish music critic Seppo Heikinheimo writes in his book "Mätämunan muistelmat, 1997" on page 174: A story about Berglund is often told: … Read More
2005 76 Years Old In 2005, the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation bought a violin from Mr Berglund, which was built in 1732 by Carlo Bergonzi (1683–1747). … Read More
2012 83 Years Old 1 More Event
Berglund was buried in Helsinki on February 4, 2012. … Read More
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