Claudio Abbado


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Nationality: Italian
Born: Jun 26 1933
Died: Jan 20 2014 (80 years old)


Biography

Claudio Abbado enjoyed an international career almost without parallel, and occupied a position of unique standing in the musical world.

Admired and loved by the artists with whom he collaborated, he astonished and delighted audiences with the vivacity and poise of music-making and through his career as a conductor he took in a remarkable range of composers’ works.

Abbado was born in Milan, Italy and studied conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music. After winning a number of awards as a young conductor, Claudio Abbado went on to serve as the musical director for La Scala, Milan from ... Read more

Claudio Abbado enjoyed an international career almost without parallel, and occupied a position of unique standing in the musical world.

Admired and loved by the artists with whom he collaborated, he astonished and delighted audiences with the vivacity and poise of music-making and through his career as a conductor he took in a remarkable range of composers’ works.

Abbado was born in Milan, Italy and studied conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music. After winning a number of awards as a young conductor, Claudio Abbado went on to serve as the musical director for La Scala, Milan from 1968-1986. This was followed by time as principal conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic, and music director for the Vienna State Opera. His British debut was made in 1965 with the Halle Orchestra and from 1979-1988 he served as the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Claudio Abbado made a number of his most famous recordings whilst working as chief conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic.

Claudio Abbado and Deutsche Grammophon enjoyed a long relationship; the fruitful collaboration started in 1967, with a recording of piano concertos by Ravel and Prokofiev with Martha Argerich as soloist – a recording that, almost half a century later, is still a mainstay of the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue. Between then and Abbado's death in 2014 there were several hundred more recordings, many of them crowned by awards.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Claudio Abbado enjoyed an international career almost without parallel, and occupied a position of unique standing in the musical world.

Admired and loved by the artists with whom he collaborated, he astonished and delighted audiences with the vivacity and poise of music-making and through his career as a conductor he took in a remarkable range of composers’ works.

Abbado was born in Milan, Italy and studied conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music. After winning a number of awards as a young conductor, Claudio Abbado went on to serve as the musical director for La Scala, Milan from 1968-1986. This was followed by time as principal conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic, and music director for the Vienna State Opera. His British debut was made in 1965 with the Halle Orchestra and from 1979-1988 he served as the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Claudio Abbado made a number of his most famous recordings whilst working as chief conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic.

Claudio Abbado and Deutsche Grammophon enjoyed a long relationship; the fruitful collaboration started in 1967, with a recording of piano concertos by Ravel and Prokofiev with Martha Argerich as soloist – a recording that, almost half a century later, is still a mainstay of the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue. Between then and Abbado's death in 2014 there were several hundred more recordings, many of them crowned by awards.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Claudio Abbado enjoyed an international career almost without parallel, and occupied a position of unique standing in the musical world.

Admired and loved by the artists with whom he collaborated, he astonished and delighted audiences with the vivacity and poise of music-making and through his career as a conductor he took in a remarkable range of composers’ works.

Abbado was born in Milan, Italy and studied conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music. After winning a number of awards as a young conductor, Claudio Abbado went on to serve as the musical director for La Scala, Milan from 1968-1986. This was followed by time as principal conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic, and music director for the Vienna State Opera. His British debut was made in 1965 with the Halle Orchestra and from 1979-1988 he served as the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Claudio Abbado made a number of his most famous recordings whilst working as chief conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic.

Claudio Abbado and Deutsche Grammophon enjoyed a long relationship; the fruitful collaboration started in 1967, with a recording of piano concertos by Ravel and Prokofiev with Martha Argerich as soloist – a recording that, almost half a century later, is still a mainstay of the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue. Between then and Abbado's death in 2014 there were several hundred more recordings, many of them crowned by awards.

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