Riccardo Chailly was the chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 1988 to 2004. He considerably broadened the repertoire of the orchestra. While he was able to continue the tradition of the great romantic works in a new way, at the same time he expanded the orchestra’s repertoire of contemporary music and opera.
He conducted the orchestra during tours to the most important European festivals as well as to Japan, Korea, China, and North and South America. Together with the orchestra he recorded numerous CDs with an exceptionally broad repertoire, several of which received multiple awards. On his departure he was appointed as conductor emeritus. He returned for several concerts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in April 2013.
Prior to his appointment in Amsterdam in 1988, Riccardo Chailly conducted the Radio-Sinfonie-orchester Berlin and he was guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also the conductor of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna.
From 1999 to 2005 he was the first music director of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. In September 2005 he took charge of the Gewandhaus Orchester and the opera in Leipzig. Chailly was chief conductor of La Scala in Milan from 2015 till 2016. He was appointed Music Director of Filarmonica della Scala in 2015 and fulfils the same role at the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2016 and at La Scala since January 2017.
Riccardo Chailly has as guest conductor stood in front of many orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Gewandhaus Orchester, the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is also a welcomed opera director at La Scala in Milan, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
Riccardo Chailly has been awarded the Grand’ Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana and the silver honorary medal of the City of Amsterdam. He is a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and ‘Cavaliere di Gran Croce’ della Repubblica Italiana.