After studying at the Sibelius Academy and Juilliard, he held positions at the Finnish National Opera, the Royal Opera in Stockholm, the German Opera in Berlin, Vienna State Opera, and Copenhagen’s Royal Opera. Mr. Segerstam was guest conductor at the Metropolitan, Covent Garden, and La Scala. His impressive career was interwoven with positions as chief conductor at the Radio Symphony Orchestras in Austria, Finland, and Denmark as well as Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. Until 2007 he held the position of chief conductor at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
Known for his free-pulsative style, Leif Segerstam’s exceptionally large-scale composing production consists of over 300 symphonies and many other composition works. Until 2013 Leif Segerstam was Acting Professor of Conducting at the Sibelius Academy. His impressive career has been acknowledged with several awards. In 2014 the President of Finland granted Segerstam the title of Professor. In autumn 2015, Malmö Opera appointed Segerstam as their Honorary Conductor.