Riccardo Chailly

(b. 1953)

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(b Milan, 1953).

Italian conductor. Son of composer Luciano Chailly. Drummer in jazz band before becoming ass. cond. to Abbado at La Scala 1972–4 (début in Werther). Amer. operatic début Chicago 1974 (Madama Butterfly), followed by CG 1979; NY Met 1982; Salzburg 1984. Concert début in Eng. 1979 with LSO. Worked frequently with LPO 1982–5. Chief cond., Berlin Radio SO 1982–90. Mus. dir. Teatro Communale, Bologna, 1986–9. Prin. cond. Royal Concertgebouw Orch., Amsterdam, 1988–2004, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch. from 2005.

Subjects: Music.

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