Claudio Abbado

(b. 1933)

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(b Milan, 1933).

It. conductor. Cond. début, Trieste 1958. Won Koussevitzky Award at Berkshire Music Center, 1958, Mitropoulos prize (jointly), 1963. Débuts: Salzburg Fest. 1965; NY Met 1968; CG 1968; Vienna Opera 1984. Prin. cond., La Scala 1968, mus. dir. 1972, art. dir. 1976–86; regular cond., Vienna PO 1971–82. Eng. début Manchester 1965 (Hallé Orch.). Prin. cond. LSO 1979, mus. dir. 1983–8. Mus. dir., Vienna Opera 1986–91, Berlin PO from 1989. Founded European Community Youth Orch. 1978; prin. cond. Chamber Orch. of Europe from 1981; founded Gustav Mahler Youth Orch., Vienna, 1986. In USA, worked with Chicago SO 1982–5. Art. dir. Salzburg Easter Fest. 1994–2002.

Subjects: Music.

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