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Riccardo Muti

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Birthday
28, 1941
Birthplace
Naples, Italy
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
28, 1941 (age 77)
Birthplace
Naples, Italy

About

Italian conductor who gained international recognition for leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini. He led performances of "The Marriage of Figaro," which was written by Mozart, for the Vienna State Opera.

Before Fame

He studied classical piano at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella prior to becoming a conductor. He was trained by such notables as Bruno Bettinelli, Antonino Votto, and Nino Rota.

Trivia

He received two prestigious awards in 2011, the Birgit Nilsson Prize and the Prince of Asturias Award.

Family Life

He was born to a father who was a physician and amateur singer and to mother Neapolitan who was a professional singer. He fathered three children with wife Maria Cristina Mazzavillani.

Associated With

He replaced Otto Klemperer as the conductor of London's Philharmonia Orchestra in 1974.