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Abbado, Claudio

Born: 1933 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.
Nationality: Italian
Categories: Conductors

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

             digestive system.

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.