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]
october 10th, 2013
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By Nicholas Beard, MusicalAmerica
March 7, 2014
.....His most recent accolades come from his hometown of Naples, Italy, where his alma mater, the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella has replaced the nameplate on Scarlatti Hall with "Riccardo Muti Hall," in honor of its most illustrious alumnus ever. (He studied piano there and graduated with distinction.) The Conservatory has also awarded him its San Pietro a Majella Prize.
Muti was quoted in local media as saying, "For me, it all started here.... The fact that my name is linked to the hall of the foyer, where the greatest conductors in the world have passed, moves me. This place, as one can see through its library, its architecture, and its history, belongs not only to Naples, but to the whole world, to humanity and the history of culture."
by Lawrence A. Johnson
Riccardo Muti will lead off a complete CSO cycle of Schubert symphonies
With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Verdi bicentennial celebration completed, Riccardo Muti and the orchestra will now turn their attention to Franz Schubert, this season's second featured composer. Starting Thursday night, Muti and the CSO, back from a successful European tour, will embark on a complete cycle of Schubert symphonies, which will run through the rest of the season.