Claudio Abbado gives his Italian salary to charity

Being appointed a state senator for life in Italy comes with a state salary.

Claudio Abbado was happy to accept the title. The money he has renounced. It will go to finance student scholarships at the music school in Fiesole. Nice.


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  • The Fiesole school is a lovely place, started by the late Piero Farulli, violist of the Quartetto Italiano for 30-odd years. Abbado has always supported the school. As the son of a very distinguished violinist, he understands the need for expert instruction.

  • Indeed! I got an alarming call from Italy last week about his condition, and, beyond the gravity of the condition described to me, it seems he is in pain.

  • Both Maazel and Mehta have contributed quietly over the years. Maazel has a foundation that supports young artists and Mehta has worked for expenses in Israel his entire career when he could have taken lucrative guest conducting work.

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