Chailly celebrates 40 years at Milan’s La Scala

Riccardo Chailly starts European tour with Milan Philharmonic.

To mark 40 years at Teatro alla Scala, where he was nominated musical directory last year, Milan-born conductor Riccardo Chailly today opens an international tour with the Milan Philharmonic in London.

Starting at the Barbican Centre, the orchestra will also visit Budapest, Paris, Luxembourg and Vienna before returning to Milan.

Chailly started his career at La Scala as assistant conductor under Claudio Abbadio at age 25, when asked to stand in for a sick colleague to conduct Verdi’s I Masnadieri in January 1978. 

Since then, he has led the Berlin Radio Symphonic, the London Philharmonic, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. In 1996, Herbert von Karajan introduced him to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, which he conducted at the Salzburg Festival.

Chailly’s recording portfolio includes complete cycles of the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, Bruckner and Brahms; this last won him the Gramophone Award for Recording of the Year in 2014

He is currently preparing to present Donizetti's Don Pasquale, which he will conduct at La Scala starting on 3 April.