Nestlé mourns the death of Lucerne Festival Orchestra conductor Claudio Abbado

Jan 20, 2014
Claudio Abbado
PASSION AND PURPOSE: Claudio Abbado led the Lucerne Festival Orchestra from its founding in 2003.

It is with great sadness that Nestlé marks the passing of Maestro Claudio Abbado, who has died at the age of 80 in the Italian city of Bologna.

The setting up of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, in 2003, was one of Mr Abbado’s many great achievements of a life in music which saw him lead Berlin’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna’s State Opera and Milan’s La Scala.

Nestlé is proud of its role in supporting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra from its very beginnings as the Festival has grown to be among the world’s most celebrated classical music events.

Teamwork and leadership

“Claudio Abbado understood, like few others, that real leadership allows all players the freedom to realise their creativity together,” said Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Lemathe.

“Nestlé is proud to have been able to lend its support to such artistic brilliance.”

Paul Bulcke, Nestlé CEO, added: “Claudio’s whole life was characterised by a passion for quality.

“His Festival Orchestra embodies a unique form of teamwork and leadership - a philosophy that translates perfectly into leading a company.”

‘Orchestra of friends’

Personally selecting many of the musicians for the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Mr Abbado described the collective as an “orchestra of friends”.

The Festival’s roots stretch back to 1938, when legendary Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini conducted an elite orchestra in the gardens facing Richard Wagner’s Villa in Tribschen, on the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Over the 75 years of its existence, the Festival has grown exponentially, with over 120,000 music lovers annually visiting what is now a series of events throughout the year. Nestlé has been a key supporter of the Festival since 1985.

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