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Famous conductor and musician, Claudio Abbado} is internationally known as serving up a repertoire of music from the poetry} of Holderlin}, the legend of {%Faust} or works that depict German drama. He has conducted several orchestras worldwide and has received numerous awards for his masterful genius. His works include Mendelsshon}'s Midsummer Night's Dream} and Robert Schumann}'s Piano Concerto}.

Born in Milan, Italy, Abbado} made his orchestral} debut in 1960 at La Scala} in Italy. Because of his command performance, he became La Scala}'s music director in 1968, a post he served until 1986. In his stint as music director, Abbado} conducted traditional} Italian works, but also presented one contemporary opera a year. His concert series included works form such greats as Alban Berg} and Modest Mussorgsky}. A major accomplishment for Abbado} at La Scala} was the founding of Orchestra della Scala}, an orchestra} assembled to perform in concert.

Performing with different orchestras, he lent his talents to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra} in 1965. One year later he conducted with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra}. After serving with La Scala} for more than 25 years, he was elected as the music director of the Vienna State Opera} in 1986, a position he held until 1991. He introduced new productions and founded the festival, Wien Modern}. The festival brings together all aspects of contemporary art and takes place annually under the direction of Abbado}. In 1987 he was named as General Music Director of the City of Vienna.

Despite his international fame, Abbado} takes time to mold new and forthcoming musicians as himself. In 1978 he founded and directed the European Community Youth Orchestra}, and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra} in 1986. His efforts included a concert at the Berlin Festival} in 1992. Together with cellist Natalia Gutman}, he brings together young and experienced musicians to perform classical} and chamber} works.

Abbado} has received numerous awards for his performances and recordings. He was awarded the Standard Opera Award, the Legion d'Honneur, the Gran Croce and the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the highest honor of the Federal Republic of Germany. For his musical direction, the Vienna Philharmonic} honored him with the Ring of Honor in 1973 and the Golden Nicolai Medal in 1980. He holds honorary degrees from the universities of Cambridge, Aberdeen, and Ferrara.

Recording under the Sony Classical} label, he has produced several discs with the Berlin Philharmonic}. These include Mozart}'s Symphonies Nos. 28, 29 and 35,} Dvorak}'s Eighth Symphony}, Tchaikovsky}'s Fifth Symphony}, the 1992 New Year's Eve Concert and a second recording titled Posthorn Serenade}, a 1991 Music for Europa} concert in Prague. His later works include Mendelsshon}'s Midsummer Night's Dream} and Italian Symphony}, Mussorgsky}'s St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain} and Robert Schumann}'s Piano Concerto}, a work recorded with soloist Murray Perahia}.

An orchestral} genius, Claudio Abbado} has performed with several orchestras worldwide, and has produced numerous masterful recordings; all the while encouraging young talented musicians by performing with them. ~ Kim Summers, All Music Guide

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