Ulf Söderblom, conductor

Ulf Söderblom (b. 1930 in Turku) took his degree in conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music under Hans Swarowski. A considerable part of his career was devoted to his work at the Finnish National Opera as its Conductor (1957-1973), Chief Conductor (1973-1993), Director of Planning (1968-1970), Artistic Director (1970-1973) and temporary Chief Director (1996). He was also Artistic Director of the Helsinki Philharmonic (1978-79) and the Lahti Symphony (1984-87) orchestras.

Ulf Söderblom has distinguished himself particularly as the conductor of numerous world premières of Finnish operas (by composers such as Sallinen, Kokkonen, Heininen, Bergman), although his repertoire also covers the principal Classical-Romantic opera literature. Söderblom's second important Finnish venue besides the Finnish National Opera has been the Savonlinna Opera Festival, where he has conducted since 1967. He has also made many recordings of opera and concert music, four of which have been selected as 'Artistic Record of the Year' in Finland. In 1977 he was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Music.

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Finland 100

A Century of Finnish Classics

5 CD collection celebrating 100 years of Finland's independence

Orchestral Works I & II


Vocal Works

Chamber Music

Various Finnish artist, orchestras and conductors

ODE 1300-2Q


Released 11/2016

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Aulis Sallinen
Kullervo - Opera in Two Acts

Jorma Hynninen, Kullervo
Eeva-Liisa Saarinen, Mother
Matti Salminen, Kalervo
Jorma Silvasti, Kimmo
Finnish National Opera Chorus
Finnish National Opera Orchestra
Ulf Söderblom, conductor
ODE 1258-2T (3CD)
(Previously released as ODE 780-3T)

Released 04/2014

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Joulu tullut on

Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo soprano
Musica Choir
Jyväskylä Sinfonia
Ulf Söderblom, conductor
ODE 1036-2

Released 11/2003

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Jorma Hynninen
Minä laulan sun iltasi tähtiin (Summer Moods)

Jorma Hynninen, baritone
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Ulf Söderblom, conductor
ODE 880-2

Released 05/1997

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