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Claudio Abbado (1933–2014)

Claudio Abbado was born on June 26, 1933 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is known for his work on Minority Report (2002), Shutter Island (2010) and Elle (2016). He was married to Gabriella Cantalupi and Giovanna Cavazzoni. He died on January 20, 2014 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. See full bio »

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Minority Report Soundtrack
Shutter Island Soundtrack
Elle Soundtrack
Shed No Tears Soundtrack


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 2008 Brandenburg Concertos (Video) (musical director - uncredited)
 2007 Eterna Magia (TV Series) (musician - 296 episodes)
- Episode #1.147 (2007) ... (musician: piano)
- Episode #1.146 (2007) ... (musician: piano)
- Episode #1.145 (2007) ... (musician: piano)
- Episode #1.144 (2007) ... (musician: piano)
- Episode #1.143 (2007) ... (musician: piano)
 2003 Great Performances (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- Berlin Philharmonic Europakonzert: From Palermo (2003) ... (conductor: orchestra)
 2002/I Simon Boccanegra (TV Movie) (conductor)
 2001 Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (TV Special) (conductor)
 1999 Grand Finale (TV Special documentary) (conductor)
 1998 The Harvest of Sorrow (TV Movie documentary) (conductor)
 1997 Don Giovanni (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1997 Gala from Berlin (TV Special) (conductor)
 1997 Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45 (TV Special) (conductor)
 1996 Italienische Nacht - Italian Night (TV Special documentary) (conductor)
 1993 Peter and the Wolf: A Prokofiev Fantasy (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1992 From the House of the Dead (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1992 Hector Berlioz: Te Deum (TV Special) (conductor)
 1992 Il viaggio a Reims (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1991 Le nozze di Figaro (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1988-1991 Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker (TV Series) (conductor - 2 episodes)
- 1991 (1991) ... (conductor)
- 1988 (1988) ... (conductor)
 1990 Lohengrin (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1989 Elektra (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1989 Khovanshchina (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1988 Il viaggio a Reims (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1987 Wozzeck (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1986 Un ballo in maschera (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1985 Hommage à Rossini (TV Special) (conductor)
 1981 Cinderella (conductor)
 1978 Simon Boccanegra (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1978 Un ballo in maschera (TV Movie) (musical director)
 1978 Don Carlo (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1976 The Lively Arts (TV Series documentary) (conductor - 2 episodes)
- In Performance: The Barber of Seville (1976) ... (conductor)
 1976 Macbeth (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1975 Un ballo in maschera (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1973 Der Barbier von Sevilla (conductor)
 1969 Oedipus Rex (TV Special) (conductor)
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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] See more »


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. See more »

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