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Claudio Abbado
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Conductor
    (June 26, 1933-January 20, 2014)
    Born in Milan, Italy
    Principal conductor and musical director for La Scala (1968-86) and the Vienna State Opera (1986-91)
    Principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (1979-88)
    Principal guest conductor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1982-86)
    Principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (1989-2002)
    Made over 100 recordings, primarily for Deutsche Grammophon
    He fathered a son out of wedlock with violinist Viktoria Mullova.
    He often seemed awkward coming on and off the stage.
    His reticence prompted one critic to call him 'the most un-Italian of Italians.'
    He said, 'In America, there are wonderful orchestras everywhere, but I never accepted a position there, because I can't fight with the unions.'
    He expanded the standard repertoire to include modernist works by Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg, commenting 'Musical history does not end with Puccini.'
    British conductor Daniel Hardy described his gestures on the podium as 'the most beautiful' in music.
    He loved working with young musicians, founding the European Union Youth Orchestra (1978) and the Mahler Youth Orchestra (1986).
    He said, 'A conductor must consider himself first and foremost a musician. The whole idea of the conductor as some sort of god or dictator is absurd -- especially as the age of the autocrat is now finished.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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