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Black and white publicity photograph of Italian conductor Claudio Abbado
Printed photograph signed: "Claudio Abbado", in bold gold ink. B/w 7x9½, captioned at bottom margin Neujahrskonzert 1991, Photo: Fayer Wien. Claudio Abbado (1933-2014) was the son of composer and violist Michelangelo Abbado. After studying at the Milan Conservatory and the Vienna Academy of Music he made his debut at La Scala (1960) and then won the Dmitri Mitropoulos Competition for conductors (1963) - this allowed him to work with the New York Philharmonic for 5 months. Returning to Europe, Abbado conducted the Vienna Philharmonic (for the first time) at the Salzburg Festival in 1965, became the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (1979-1987) and served as the director for the Vienna State Opera (1986-1991). The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra elected him as their chief conductor (1989-2002). Well known for his work with young musicians, he founded the European Union Youth Orchestra in 1978 and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in 1986. He currently serves as music director of the Mozart Orchestra of Bologna, Italy. Over the years he has been honored with the Imperial Prize of Japan, Mahler Medal, Khytera Prize, the Mozart Metal and honorary doctorates form the universities of Cambridge, Ferrara, Aberdeen and Havana. He won a 1997 Grammy Award in the Best Small Ensemble Performance, 2005 Grammy Award in Best Instrumental Soloist Performance and in 2006, Gramophone magazine awarded his CD Best Orchestral Recording of the Year. Unlike many conductors, Abbado is known for his friendly, understated and un-confrontational manner in rehearsal. Ink note (unknown hand) on verso. Fine condition.

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Born: June 26, 1933 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Died: January 20, 2014 in Bologna, Italy

Film Credits
2010 Shutter Island (Sound), 2009 In tempo, ma rubato (in person), 2009 Che tempo che fa (in person), 2008 Brandenburg Concertos (in person), 2008 Brandenburg Concertos (Music Department), 2007 Eterna Magia (Music Department), 2007 Eterna Magia (Sound), 2007 Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music (Music Department), 2007 Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music (Other), 2006 To Play and to Fight (in person), 2003 Singing Behind Screens (Sound), 2003 Imagine (in person), 2003 Great Performances (Music Department), 2003 Claudio Abbado: Hearing the Silence (in person), 2003 Caballé, más allá de la música (in person), 2002/I Simon Boccanegra (Performer), 2002/I Simon Boccanegra (Music Department), 2002 Prima della prima (in person), 2002 Minority Report (Sound), 2001 Two Women (Sound), 2001 The Grey Zone (Sound), 2001 Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (in person), 2001 Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (Music Department), 1999 Requiem (in person), 1999 Herbert von Karajan 1908-1989 (in person), 1999 Grand Finale (Music Department), 1999 Grand Finale (in person), 1998 The Harvest of Sorrow (Music Department), 1998 Songs of Love and Desire (in person), 1997 Le bassin de J.W. (Sound), 1997 Gala from Berlin (in person), 1997 Gala from Berlin (Music Department), 1997 Don Giovanni (Music Department), 1996 Klavier im Stau (in person), 1996 Italienische Nacht - Italian Night (in person), 1996 Italienische Nacht - Italian Night (Sound), 1996 Italienische Nacht - Italian Night (Music Department), 1996 Claudio Abbado: The Silence That Follows the Music (in person), 1995 Great Performances (in person), 1995 Celestial Clockwork (Sound), 1995 All Things Fair (Sound), 1993 Peter and the Wolf: A Prokofiev Fantasy (Sound), 1993 Peter and the Wolf: A Prokofiev Fantasy (in person), 1993 Peter and the Wolf: A Prokofiev Fantasy (Music Department), 1992 Il viaggio a Reims (Music Department), 1992 Hector Berlioz: Te Deum (Sound), 1992 Hector Berlioz: Te Deum (Performer), 1992 From the House of the Dead (Music Department), 1991 Le nozze di Figaro (Music Department), 1990 Lohengrin (Music Department), 1989 Khovanshchina (Music Department), 1989 Elektra (Music Department), 1989 Elektra (in person), 1988 Il viaggio a Reims (in person), 1988 Il viaggio a Reims (Music Department), 1987 Wozzeck (Music Department), 1986 Un ballo in maschera (Music Department), 1986 Lux aeterna - Claudio Abbado bei den Proben von Verdis Missa da (Music Department), 1986 Lux aeterna - Claudio Abbado bei den Proben von Verdis Missa da (in person), 1985 Hommage à Rossini (Music Department), 1985 Hommage à Rossini (in person), 1981 Cinderella (Music Department), 1978 Simon Boccanegra (in person), 1978 Simon Boccanegra (Music Department), 1978 Don Carlo (Music Department), 1978 Don Carlo (in person), 1976 Macbeth (in person), 1976 Macbeth (Music Department), 1975 Un ballo in maschera (Music Department), 1973 Der Barbier von Sevilla (Music Department), 1973 Der Barbier von Sevilla (Sound), 1963 Young People's Concerts: Young Performers 5 (in person)

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