Paavo Berglund, conductor noted for Sibelius recordings

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Violinist Hilary Hahn performed with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Paavo Berglund, in 1994.

HELSINKI - Paavo Berglund, one of Finland’s most prominent conductors, has died at age 82.

Elina Siltanen, the general manager of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, said Mr. Berglund died at home in Helsinki on Wednesday. A cause of death was not given.

Mr. Berglund, internationally known for numerous recordings of works of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, was principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1972-1979, and principal guest conductor with the Scottish National Orchestra from 1981-1985.


Mr. Berglund was chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic, and his engagements included major orchestras in Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic.

He debuted in New York in 1978 and since the 1990s had been a regular visitor at the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.