Born in Naples, he studied piano at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella under Vincenzo Vitale, graduating with distinction. He was subsequently awarded a diploma in Composition and Conducting from the Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi," Milan, where he studied under the guidance of Bruno Bettinelli and Antonino Votto.

He first came to the attention of critics and the public in 1967, when he was unanimously awarded first place by the prestigious jury of the "Guido Cantelli" competition for conductors in Milan.[read more]



New triumph for Muti in Salzburg

The Maestro directed the Wiener, sold out even the two reruns


(ANSA) - SALZBURG, August 15 - New triumph for Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Festival, where he is a habitue for 44 years, and this time not with an opera but with a concert. The Maestro has directed the Wiener Philharmoniker in music by Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner for the series of concerts of August 15th, once reserved only to Herbert von Karajan. The concert was dedicated to the memory of Karajan at 25 years after his death. Filled the hall of the Grosses Festspielhaus , sold out even the reruns of 16 and 17 August.

La partition patriotique du maestro

Le monde


C’est un de ces moments qui resteront dans la légende de l’opéra. Un instant de grâce, comme on dit parfois.

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Helen and Sam Zell commit $17

million to Chicago Symphony

Orchestra Association

Zell gift endows CSO Music

Director position in perpetuity


CHICAGO -The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, at its Board of Trustees meeting today, announced that Helen and Sam Zell have made a $17 million contribution to the CSOA's endowment and general operating funds. This gift provides the naming, in perpetuity, of the position of Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which has been held by Riccardo Muti since 2010.


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