Among the four senators for life appointed by the Head of State August 30, 2013, Claudio Abbado was certainly the one that most of all deserved it.
For two reasons: the first concerns his “italianità” that had brought him to represent the best of our country all over the world, and the second reason was his generosity among the greatest interpreters of Italian music these past fifty years, Abbado was probably one who has done more for young people through its commitment to enhancing and promoting the work of the Master Abreu in the favelas, and through his enthusiasm to build and launch the youth orchestras .
Born in 1933 into a family of musicians, was formed in some of the most prestigious musical contexts of Italy and Europe, making his debut in 1959 in Trieste as a symphonic conductor, and giving way to a flourishing career. He was director of La Scala from 1968 to 1986, and during those years helped to revolutionize the programming of the theater, giving new emphasis to authors and works less heard. During his tenure, in 1972 , ushered in the Concerts for students and workers, confirming once again his desire to bring classical music to all levels of society .
From 1971 he was also the principal conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic from 1979 to 1987 and music director of the London Symphony Orchestra. Her unstoppable career has touched the Staatsoper in Vienna, 1986-1991 , and the Berliner Philharmoniker, 1989-2002. Since 2004 he has been music director and artistic Mozart Orchestra of Bologna.
Paola Severini Melograni, the staff of the International Committee Angelipress.com and Viva Toscanini join the pain for this immense loss .