A commemorative stamp is being issued to honour the conductor Riccardo Muti on the occasion of the 2004 New Year's Concert.
Riccardo Muti was born in Naples on July 28, 1941. He studied composition with Jacopo Napoli and Nino Rota in Naples, and conducting with Antonino Votto in Milan and Franco Ferrara in Venice (1965).
Having won the Guido Cantelli competition in 1967, Muti made his debut as a conductor in 1968 with the RAI Orchestra. Soon afterwards, he was appointed Principle Conductor at the Teatro Communale in Florence in 1970. From 1968 to 1980, Muti was Music Director of the famous Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Resounding successes with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in 1972 in London led to the orchestra appointing Muti to the post of Principle Conductor, which he held until 1982. From 1980 to 1992, he also conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra (USA).
Muti was appointed Director of Music at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1986, and has been Principle Conductor of the Scala orchestra since 1987.
Ricardo Muti is a regular guest in Vienna, Salzburg and London, where his performances are always highly acclaimed.
Muti is one of the most outstanding conductors of our age, equally at home in Italian opera and in classical and contemporary symphonic music.