Riccardo Muti (born 28 July 1941) is an Italian conductor. He is especially associated with the music of Giuseppe Verdi. Muti currently holds two music directorships, at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini.
About Riccardo Muti in brief
Riccardo Muti (born 28 July 1941) is an Italian conductor. He currently holds two music directorships, at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini. Muti has previously held posts at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. He is especially associated with the music of Giuseppe Verdi. He was unanimously awarded first place by the jury of the \”Guido Cantelli Competition for Conductors\” in Milan in 1967 and became, the next year, principal conductor and music director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He has also led the orchestra’s globally televised Vienna New Year’s Concert on 6 occasions to date: in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2018, and 2021. In 2011, Muti conducted a new production of Verdi’s Macbeth, which was directed by Peter Steinbeth. In July 2015, RiccardoMuti realised the first edition of the rare Italian edition of his Youth Orchestra: the 18th century, with his Luigi CherUBini Youth Orchestra.
He owns a residence close to Salzberg, where he has conducted productions of rare operas from the Italian operas of the 19th century and 20th century. He also owns a house in Molfetta, near Bari, in the long region of Apulia on Italy’s southern Adriatic coast. He lives with his wife and three children in the city of Naples, and has a daughter and a son in San Pietro a Majella, near Milan. He works as a freelance conductor and has conducted the Vienna State Opera since 1973. He conducted the Vienna Philharmonic during Vienna Festival Week and on tour to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Germany; he most recently toured to Japan in 2008. In 1995 he was the president of the Jury of the International Composing Competition \”2 Agosto\”. Muti is a regular guest of the Berlin Philharmonics and the ViennaPhilharmonic. In 1991, after twelve years as music director, he announced his resignation from the Philadelphia orchestra, effective at the end of the 1991–1992 season.