Farewell to Claudio Abbado (1933-2014) January 21 2014

Claudio Abbado - Photo conducting

Born in Milan in a family of musicians, Abbado made his debut at La Scala in his hometown in 1960, later served as its Music Director for 18 years starting in 1968. Abbado left La Scala having founded the Filarmonica Della Scala for the performance of orchestral repertoire, became the Music Director of another major opera house, the Vienna State Opera.

Starting in 1989, Abbado became associated with the Berlin Philharmonic, succeeding Herbert von Karajan as the chief conductor, a position he held until 2002.

Unfortunately, we lost him last Monday, January 20th, as he passed away in his home in Bologna.