1933 – Born on the 26 of June in Milan, Lombardy.
1958 – He won the Koussevitsky Competition establishing him in Italy.
1963 – He won the Mitropoulos Prize, after which he rapidly became known internationally as an orchestral
and opera conductor.
1960 – He made his debut at La Scala in Milan.
1965 – He conducted the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert at the Salzburg Festival.
1978 – He was founder and music director of the European Union Youth Orchestra.
1979- He served as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
1986- He served as Music Director of the Vienna State Opera.
1988 – He founded the music festival Wien modern, which has since expanded to include all aspects
of contemporary art.
2000 – He was diagnosed with stomach cancer and the treatment led to the removal of a portion of his
2003 – After his recovery, he formed the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and their concerts have been highly
– His son is the opera-director Daniele Abbado and his nephew, Roberto Abbado is also a conductor.
2004 – He returned to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic and performed Mahler’s Symphony No.6 in a series
of recorded live concerts.
2006 – His CD won Best Orchestral Recording and Record of the Year in Gramophone Magazine’s awards.