Wolf Prize Laureate in Music 2008
The Prize Committee for the Arts has unanimously decided that the 2008 Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts (Music) will be jointly awarded to Giya Kancheli and Claudio Abbado.
Claudio Abbado is one of the world’s pre-eminent conductors. A remarkable human being, whose music-making is imbued with passion, intellect and love. Abbado’s interpretations of great musical works expose incredible depths.
Abbado brought Milan’s La Scala Opera House and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra to new heights. An exceptional conductor, he has nurtured and promoted the immense musical talent of the younger generation.
Abbado also established, developed, and brought to public attention, the Mahler Youth Orchestra and the European Community Youth Orchestra, transforming these into two of the world´s most extraordinary orchestras.