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Marcello Abbado

Marcello AbbadoKnown as a concert pianist and a composer, Marcello Abbado is former Director of the Milan Conservatory and founder of the Symphonic Orchestra Verdi in Milan. He has appeared in recital and as a guest performer on five continents, from La Scala in Milan to the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires, to the Great Hall at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. He has also performed in the great halls of London, New York, Montreal, Paris, and Tokyo.

Mr. Abbado has worked with many acclaimed musicians, including composer Paul Hindemith and conductors Wolfgang Sawallisch and Guido Cantelli. He enjoys a particularly close working relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic, with which he has performed and conducted all of Mozart's 27 piano concertos.

Mr. Abbado has composed for a wide variety of ensembles, including works for violin soloist, orchestra, and percussion ensemble, as well as ballet scores. His compositions include the ballet Hawaii 2000 ; Concerto and Homage to Debussy for orchestra; and The Bells of Moscow for violin and percussion. Besides holding frequent master classes in Europe and Japan, he serves as a juror for numerous international competitions dedicated to chamber music, composition, conducting, piano, violin, and vocal performance, including the Beethoven (Vienna), Bösendorfer (Brussels), Busoni (Bolzano), Chopin Junior (Moscow), Ciani (Milan), Dublin, Leeds, London, Munich, Peking, Pretoria, Prokofiev (St. Petersburg), Rubinstein (Tel Aviv), Schubert (Dortmund), Sydney, Tchaikovsky, and Tokyo competitions.


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