Italian conductor Claudio Abbado passes away

Famous Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, who led major orchestras of the world, died yesterday aged 80 years, in Bologna (Italy), reports Mediafax. The news were confirmed later by Attilia Giuliani, head of the Abbado Association (aka Abbadiani). Claudio Abbado has been ill for a long time, and his concerts with the Mozart Orchestra of Bologna, which he had been conducting for several years, were cancelled. Born in Milan, Claudio Abbado was music director of La Scala opera house between 1968 and 1986, then he was named principal conductor of London Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the Vienna State Opera. Between 1989 and 2002, he was principal conductor of the Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra. In August 2013, the maestro was awarded the title of Senator for life from Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, as appreciation for his achievements. Throughout his life, Abbado was awarded many prizes and titles, such as the Grand Cross of the Legion d’honneur, Bundesverdienstkreuz, the Imperial Prize of Japan, the Mahler Medal, the Mozart Medal. He was awarded two Grammys, in 1997 for the “Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 1 With Finale 1921, Op. 24 No. 1”, and in 2005 for Beethoven, Piano concerti No 2 and 3. In April 2012, Claudio Abbado was included in the Gramophone Hall of Fame.

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