Hannele Angervo-Segerstam led the Finnish National Opera and the Radio Symphony Orchestra and collaborated with numerous Finnish composers


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The Finnish violinist and educator Hannele Angervo-Segerstam has died at the age of 80. Born on 19 August 1943 in Mikkeli, Finland, Segerstam studied at the Sibelius Academy throughout her teens and went on to study at the Paris Conservatoire for two years. Following this, she moved to the US to study at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Louis Persinger from 1963 to 1965.

She won first prize in the Kuopio National Violin Competition and won the Harriet Cohen medal in 1967, which launched her solo career, in which she premiered the works of numerous Finnish composers. She worked with artists such as Salonen, Berglund, Saariaho and Lindberg among others and made several collaborations with Lutoslawski and Kagel.

Throughout her career she served as concertmaster of the Finnish National Opera and the Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as a professor at the Sibelius Academy.

She was married from 1964 to 1999 to the conductor Leif Segerstam. They had two children.

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