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]



Riccardo Muti in Spoleto

July 12, 2014


Riccardo Muti will conduct for free this highly awaited concert to emphasize  the importance of  giving back  to the community  an historical theater like "Caio Melisso". The restoration works were supported by Carla Fendi.


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Riccardo Muti receives

doctoral degree from


Chicago Symphony conductor Riccardo Muti receives an honorary doctoral degree at the Northwestern University graduation which included appearances from Stevie Wonder and Cloris Leachman. (Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune)

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Helen and Sam Zell commit $17

million to Chicago Symphony

Orchestra Association

Zell gift endows CSO Music

Director position in perpetuity


CHICAGO -The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, at its Board of Trustees meeting today, announced that Helen and Sam Zell have made a $17 million contribution to the CSOA's endowment and general operating funds. This gift provides the naming, in perpetuity, of the position of Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which has been held by Riccardo Muti since 2010.


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