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A conductor must consider himself first and foremost a musician. The whole idea of the conductor as some sort of god or dictator is absurd - especially as the age of the autocrat is now finished. [in an interview with The Scotsman newspaper]
Fathered a son, named Mikhael (born in 1991), with Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova
, who was 30 years younger when she worked and lived with Abbado in London and in his Vienna penthouse for 5 years. Abbado left Mullova when she was on the 7th month of her pregnancy. Abbado pays maintenance for his son.