Berlin receives Abbado bequest

03/03/2016

The musical estate of Claudio Abbado (1933–2014) is to come to Berlin. The donation to the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage in Berlin) includes an extensive collection of scores, handwritten notes, audio/video releases, musicological literature and letters. The Staatsbibliothek is to look after the collection and make it available in a reading room dedicated to Claudio Abbado. It is also planned to digitise large parts of the archive. The Berliner Philharmoniker will curate the content of the collection. In addition to the existing Claudio Abbado Composition Prize, exhibitions will be held, works analyses will be made possible, and study opportunities for young conductors will be created.

An agreement to this effect was signed by Paolo Lazzati, president of the Fondazione Claudio Abbado, Barbara Schneider-Kempf, director general of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and Martin Hoffmann, general director of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation at the Berlin Philharmonie. The Fondazione Claudio Abbado was set up by the heirs of Claudio Abbado at the end of 2014 to preserve the musical legacy in its entirety and to donate it to an institution that guarantees its archiving and availability on a permanent basis. It was also a particular concern of the Abbado heirs that the legacy be kept alive.

Left to right: Martin Hoffmann, Paolo Lazzati, president of the Fondazione Claudio Abbado, and Barbara Schneider-Kempf, director general of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
(Photo: (Photo: Peter Adamik))