Claudio Abbado

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Birthday
26, 1933
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Jan 20, 2014 (80)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
26, 1933
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Jan 20, 2014 (80)

About

Orchestral conductor who served as director of La Scala, Milan's famed opera house. He also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic and the London and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.

Before Fame

He attended both the Milan Conservatory and the Vienna Academy of Music.

Trivia

He headed the Vienna State Opera during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Family Life

His father, Milan-based violinist Michelangelo Abbado, was his first music teacher.

Associated With

As a young man, he entered and won the Tanglewood Music Festival's Serge Koussevitzky Conducting Competition.