Sad news just in, that the conductor Claudio Abbado has died at the age of 80. At various points during his career, Abbado was music director of La Scala and of the Vienna State Opera, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and principal conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He was also connected to the formation of the European Union Youth Orchestra. More recently Abbado was closely associated with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He made many recordings. Claudio Abbado was born in Milan on 26 June 1933.