BBC Music Magazine Award for Riccardo Chailly

Riccardo Chailly’s recording of the Brahms symphonies with the Gewandhaus Orchestra won the Orchestral Award, the jury commented: "Chailly combines fiery athleticism with the warmly blended tonalities of the wonderful Leipzig orchestra. The results tingle with immediacy and a pulsating sense of momentum”.

A return to the house where he made his conducting debut

Riccardo Chailly has been named the new musical director of La Scala, Milan. He becomes principal conductor in 2015, taking over the musical directorship in 2017. His appointment marks the return of an Italian at the head of the country’s premier opera house, in succession to Daniel Barenboim. Making the announcement, the Mayor of Milan, Giuliano Pisapia, said: “We are happy and proud.”

Chailly, born into a musical family in Milan in 1953, became assistant conductor to Claudio Abbado at La Scala when he was 20, and made his professional debut as a conductor there in 1978.

He arrives at a time of great change for the legendary Italian opera house, with general manager Stephane Lissner leaving next year to take over at the Paris Opera.

Riccardo Chailly has been an exclusive Decca artist for over 30 years. His Viva Verdi release of overtures and preludes with La Scala Philharmonic sparked warm reviews on its release earlier this year, BBC Radio 3 referring to “the wonderfully charismatic Riccardo Chailly” and The Times writing of “a Verdian match made in heaven . . . It’s hard to imagine this music better played or conducted than here.” The Daily Mail said: “The La Scala Philharmonic play out of their skins for Chailly, who delivers whip-crack rhythms and exhilarating propulsion.”