Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Erling Blöndal Bengtsson

Danish classical cellist

Date of Birth: 08-Mar-1932

Place of Birth: Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark

Date of Death: 06-Jun-2013

Profession: musician, university teacher, music pedagogue

Nationality: Denmark

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Erling Blöndal Bengtsson

  • Erling Blöndal Bengtsson (March 8, 1932 – June 6, 2013) was a Danish cellist.Born in Copenhagen, Bengtsson gave his first public performance there in 1936, when he was four years old.
  • He was admitted at the age of sixteen to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Gregor Piatigorsky, who engaged him as a teaching assistant in 1949.
  • From 1950 to 1953, Bengtsson taught his own cello class at the Institute, before being appointed to the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
  • In 1980, he became a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Köln.
  • He returned to America in 1990 and taught at the University of Michigan School of Music until his retirement from academia in 2006.
  • Bengtsson was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and was conferred the title "Chevalier du Violoncelle" by Indiana University in 1993.
  • Bengtsson made most of his phonograph and CD recordings with the Danish label DANACORD.
  • In November 2006, DANACORD released the DVD The Cello and I, which presented a comprehensive portrait of Bengtsson's career on the seventieth anniversary of his debut.
  • He died in Ann Arbor, Michigan, aged 81.

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