Riccardo Chailly was the chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 1988 to 2004. 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 returned for several concerts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in April 2013.
From 2005 to 2016 Chailly took charge of the Gewandhaus Orchester and the opera in Leipzig. In 2015 he became principal conductor of La Scala in Milan, of which he is artistic director since January 2017. He fulfils the same role at the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2016.
Prior to his appointment in Amsterdam in 1988, Riccardo Chailly was guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and led La Verdi in Milan, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
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. He is also a welcomed opera director at 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.