Today, June 26th, is the 80th Birthday of one of the greatest Italian Conductors of all times, Claudio Abbado!
Claudio Abbado, along with Riccardo Muti, is considered successor of the legendary and magnificent Italian conductors Arturo Toscanini and Victor de Sabata.
Claudio Abbado was born in Milan, he studied Piano at the Milan conservatory with his father Michelangelo Abbado.
In 1968, Maestro Abbado became the Principal conductor of “Teatro alla Scala” in Milan.
He is also principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Vienna State Opera and principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra from 1989 to 2002.
He conducted the Vienna Philharmonic for the first time in 1965 in a concert at the Salzburg Festival, and became the principal conductor in 1971.
He served as music director and conductor for the Vienna State Opera from 1986 to 1991,with notable productions such as Mussorgsky’s original Boris Godunov and his seldom-heard Khovanshchina, Franz Schubert’s Fierrabras, and Giacchino Rossini’s “Il Viaggio a Reims”.
In 1966, he made his British debut at the London Symphony Orchestra.
In 1989, the Berlin Philharmonic elected him as their chief conductor, to succeed Herbert von Karajan.
Claudio Abbado’s son is the Opera Director Daniele Abbado and his nephew, Roberto Abbado, is also a conductor.
Buon Cumpleanno, Claudio Abbado!!! Happy Birthday Claudio Abbado!