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Riccardo Chailly, one of the most celebrated conductors on the international scene, has been musical director of the Teatro alla Scala since 2017. He has been Chief Conductor of the Filarmonica della Scala since 2015 and in 2016 he took over the musical direction of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

Riccardo Chailly, exclusive Decca artist, boasts a vast and award-winning discography. In 2018, to celebrate the 40-year partnership, the prestigious label released the 55-CD box 'The Symphony Edition'

Musical director of the Teatro alla Scala since January 2017, since November 2015 Riccardo Chailly he is Principal Conductor of the Filarmonica della Scala and in 2021 he was reconfirmed at the helm of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
Born in Milan, he completed his musical studies at the Conservatories of Perugia, Rome and Milan, specializing in the courses of Franco Ferrara at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. He started his career as Claudio Abbado's assistant at La Scala in Milan.
His first position as Music Director was conferred on him by the RadioSymphonie-Orchester of Berlin from 1980 to 1988. In 1988 he assumed the position of Principal Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, a position he held for sixteen years. At the same time he was Musical Director of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna and of the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan. In 2016, after 11 years, his commitment as Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig, the oldest symphonic team in Europe, ended. Since August 2016 he has assumed the position of Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, succeeding Claudio Abbado. With the Lucerne orchestra he embarked on an important recording career and a program of international tours.
Alla Scala, where he conducted a vast operatic and symphonic repertoire, as Music Director proposed an important project of reading Giacomo Puccini's works in the light of the most recent musicological research, but also works by Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti and Giordano. In the symphonic field he has planned a dense calendar of international tours and recordings with the Philharmonic; with the Scaligeri ensembles he proposed a new Beethovenian integral on the occasion of the composer's two hundred and fiftieth anniversary. In the months of the pandemic it was the protagonist of a series of concerts of great symbolic significance: in autumn 2020 the Requiem Verdi in memory of the victims in the Milan Cathedral, Bergamo and Brescia, and the reopening of the Teatro alla Scala with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 dedicated to health workers. In 2021 he directed Salome by Richard Strauss and the diptych Die sieben Todsünden is Mahagonny Songspiel Kurt Weill in an empty theater for Rai cameras; a new production of The Barber of Seville and the inauguration of the 2021/2022 season with Macbeth.
He regularly conducts the major European symphony orchestras: Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchester de Paris. In the United States he has collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In the field of opera he has regularly collaborated with major theaters: in addition to the Scala, the Metropolitan of New York, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Opera of San Francisco, the Covent Garden of London, the Bayerische Staatsoper of Munich, the Staatsoper of Vienna. , the Zurich Opera. It is regularly featured in major international festivals including Salzburg, Lucerne and the London Proms.
For more than forty years he has been the exclusive artist of the Decca record company which recently celebrated his anniversary with a box of 55 CDs which in 2021 was followed by a new box dedicated to the recordings of Stravinsky's works. The revolutionary engraving of Nine Symphonies of Beethoven with the Gewandhaus earned him the prestigious "Echo Klassik" award as Best Conductor of 2012. In 2013, among other things, the complete Brahms Symphonies with the Gewandhaus were published, which won the Gramophone Award for 'Anno, and “Viva Verdi”, created with the Filarmonica della Scala on the occasion of Verdi's bicentenary. Among the latest publications we mention the “Messa per Rossini” with the Scala ensembles in 2018, which was awarded the Abbiati Prize for discography.
Riccardo Chailly is Grand Officer of the Italian Republic and a member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1998 he was appointed Knight of the Grand Cross of the Italian Republic; in the same year the Queen of the Netherlands awarded him the title of Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion. In 2011 he was appointed Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand.
(Riccardo Chailly, photo © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano - La Scala Theater)

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