Marcello Abbado is confirmed dead at the age of 93.
Marcello was best known as a Italian pianist and composer.
Marcello Abbado
Abbado in 1959
Abbado in 1959
Background information
Born (1926-10-07) October 7, 1926 (age 93)
Milan, Italy
GenresClassical
Occupation(s)Composer, pianist
InstrumentsPiano
Marcello Abbado (born 7 October 1926, Milan) is an Italian composer and pianist. His compositional output includes several orchestral works, two ballets, numerous pieces for solo piano, and a number of chamber works. In 1989 he was awarded the Gold Medal for Meritorious Culture and Art (Medaglia d'oro ai benemeriti della cultura e dell'arte) by the Government of Italy.
Life and career
Born in a famous family of musicians, he is the son of violinist Michelangelo Abbado, the brother of conductor Claudio Abbado, and the father of conductor Roberto Abbado and digital artist Adriano Abbado.
As a pianist, he has repeatedly played all the twenty-seven Concertos for Piano and Orchestra by W. A. Mozart. He has played many times the entire piano work by C. Debussy. He also performed music by major composers, including J. S. Bach and A. Scarlatti, and piano and orchestra concertos, such as those by P. I Tchaikovsky, S. Prokofiev, and the Concerto for left hand by M. Ravel. He performed in the main halls of Beijing, Budapest, Buenos Aires, London, Milan, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Tokyo and Vienna. He has performed nine times a tour of concerts in Latin America. He has also taught masterclasses in Asia, Europe and the United States.
In addition to dedicating himself to the concert activity he has also been a teacher of musical composition for twelve years at the Conservatory of Bologna, Parma and Piacenza. He later served as Director of the Giuseppe Nicolini Conservatory in Piacenza (1958 to 1966), at the Conservatory "Gioacchino Rossini" in Pesaro (1966 to 1972) and finally at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan (from 1972 to 1996 ). He was also a member of the board at Teatro alla Scala for twenty-four years. In 1993 he formed, together with Vladimir Delman, the Symphonic Orchestra of Milan "Giuseppe Verdi", of which he was artistic director from 1993 to 1996.
His numerous compositions have been published by leading Italian publishers, including Carish, Curci, Ricordi and Suvini Zerboni. In Japan, Russia and the United States programs dedicated exclusively to music have been performed.
He has been president and jury member of the most important international music competitions, including Beethoven in Vienna, Bösendorfer in Brussels, Canals in Barcelona, Ciani in Milan, Min-On in Tokyo, Obraztosva in St. Petersburg, Rubinstein in Tel Aviv, and Van Cliburn Piano Competition in Fort Worth, as well as many others held in many Italian and international cities including Beijing, Dortmund, Dublin, Kharkov, Leeds, London, Munich, Monte Carlo, Pretoria, Sydney, Taipei, Trieste and Venice.
It also visited more than fifty countries on the five continents.
Musical compositions
Ciapo for voice and nine instruments
Duo for violin and cello (1952)
Scena senza storia, ballet (1954)
15 Poesie T'ang for voice, flute, oboe, cello and piano (1959)
Ostinato sopra un ritmo dalla Sinfonia del Signor Bruschino di Rossini for piano, strings and percussions (1994)
Sette Ricercari e Sei Intermezzi for violin and orchestra (1996)
L'idea fissa for violin, choir and thirteen voices (1996)
Musica celeste (1997)
Dieci canti popolari siciliani for violin, voice and orchestra (1997)
Le campane di Mosca for violin and percussions (1998)
Hawaii 2000
Lento e Rondò for violin and percussion orchestra (2000)
Costruzione for twelve cellos (2001)
Variazioni sopra un tema di Mozart for orchestra (2001)
Nuova Costruzione for eight woodwinds (2002)
Concerto per flauto e orchestra (2002)
Australia for violin, didgeridoo, piano and percussion (2002)
Asif, Saleem, Nasreen for violin, viola, cello and strings (2002)
Risonanza magnetica for piano and percussion (2003)
Stage music for La voix humaine by Jean Cocteau (2003)
Il buio negli occhi (2003)
La strage degli innocenti cantata for solo voice, treble voice choir, mixed choir and orchestra
Concerto for orchestra
Hommage à C. Debussy for orchestra
Doppio concerto for violin, piano and double chamber orchestra
Quadruplo concerto for piano, violin, viola, cello and orchestra
Concerto for harp and string quartet (2003-2004)
Concerto per carillon e orchestra (2005)
Tankstream for string quartet (2005)
Fantasia russa for violin and string quartet (2005)
Sinfonia degli arrivi (2006)
Carillon su Joyce Yang for piano and percussion (2006)
Quattro Viola Fantasie for oboe solo, trumpet solo, piano solo, vibraphone solo (2006)
Kazach Fantasy for violin and orchestra Kazach (2006)
Bali for violin and Indonesian gamelan (2006)
Costruzioni... e Ricostruzioni 2007
Mondrian trio for violin, cello, piano (2007)
Carillon on Min-On for four hands piano (2008)
Van Cliburn Concerto for four pianos and orchestra (2008)
Java for percussion (2008)
Concerto for four violins and strings (2008)
Dialogo a due voci for the left hand (2009)
Per due orchestre (2009)
Gloria per Gloria for soprano, choir and orchestra (2009)
Stagioni for violin and reciter (2009)
Alicante for sixteen horns, sixteen trumpets, sixteen trombones (2010)
Sogno for orchestra (2010)
Asia for percussion and voice recordings and Asian instruments (2010)
Dialogo for harp and trumpet (2011)
Sitkovetsky Wu for violin and piano (2011)
Marlaena Kessick for flute orchestra (2011)
Fantasia for cello (2011)
Trio for pianist, singer, dancer (2012)
Fantasia ungherese for flute (2012)
Trio for violin, cello and double bass (2012)
Ceneri for piano (2012)
Così non fan tutte for orchestra (2013)
Tastiera sola for piano (2013)
Fibonacci for piano (2013)
Alhambra for orchestra
Aus dem klavier for piano
Chaconne for violin
Costruzioni for 5 piccole orchestre
Divertimento for four woodwinds and piano
Doppio concerto for violin, piano and double chamber orchestra
Lamento per la morte della madre for piano
Musica for orchestra
Quartetto n. 1, n. 2 and n. 3 for string quartet
Riverberazioni for flute, oboe, bassoon and piano
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