Personalities | Claudio Abbado | Contemporary | Classical
Abbado studied in Milan and Vienna. He first conducted at La Scala, Milan in 1960 and held a number of posts there 1969–86. He was principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra 1979–96, music director of the Vienna State Opera 1986–91, and principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 1990–2002. A renowned interpreter of Verdi in his early career, Prokofiev and Stravinsky in mid-career, and Mahler in his later career, he was also founding artistic director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra (2003) and the Orchestra Mozart (2004).
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