Nils-Eric Fougstedt

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Nils-Eric Fougstedt.

Nils-Eric Fougstedt (born 24 May 1910, Raisio; died 12 April 1961, Helsinki) was a Finnish conductor and composer. He attended the Helsinki Conservatory and counted Erik Furuhjelm among his teachers.

Fougstedt joined the staff of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) in 1938, where he founded the organisation's Soloist Choir, which later became the Radio Choir. In 1944, he became the conductor of YLE's Radio Orchestra, and was elevated to Chief Conductor in 1950. He served in the post until his death in 1961.

Fougstedt taught music theory and choral conducting at the Sibelius Academy. He also was a member of the Swedish Royal Music Academy and received the honorary title of Professor in 1960. His compositions included Angoscia (1954), the first Finnish dodecaphonic orchestral work, Trittico sinfonico (1958), and Aurea dicta (1959).

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Preceded by
Toivo Haapanen
Chief Conductor, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
1950–1961
Succeeded by
Paavo Berglund