Italian-born, Maestro Abbado studied piano, composition and conducting. He made his debut as one of the youngest musical directors in Milan, following directorships with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.
In 1989 Abbado was voted the successor of Herbert von Karajan at The Berlin Philharmonic. Despite a diagnosis of cancer he maintained his role as the principal conductor until 2002.
To find more about his life and his recorded works, click here.
26 June 2013
Happy Birthday to Claudio Abbado
Abbado first conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in 1966, and an important artistic relationship began which resulted in the orchestra electing him their Principal Conductor and their fifth Artistic Advisor in 1989.
For a list of Claudio Abbado's releases on EMI, click here.