Ceccato, Aldo, Italian conductor; b. Milan, Feb. 18, 1934. He studied at the Verdi Cons. in Milan (1948–55), with Albert Wolff and Willem van Otterloo in the Netherlands (1958), and at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik (1959–62). In 1960 he served as assistant to Celibidache at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. In 1964 he won first prize in the RAI conducting competition. In 1969 he made his U.S. debut at the Chicago Lyric Opera and his first appearance at London’s Covent Garden. He was music director of the Detroit Sym. Orch. (1973–77) and Generalmusikdirektor of the Hamburg State Phil. (1975–83), and then was music director of the Bergen Sym. Orch. (1985–89) and chief conductor of the Hannover Radio Orch. (1985–89). He subsequently was chief conductor of the Slovak Phil. in Bratislava (1990–91), the RAI Orch. in Turin (from 1990), and the Orquesta Nacional de España in Madrid (1991). From 1997 to 2000 he was chief conductor of the Brno Phil. His father-in-law was Victor de Sabata.
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