Maestro Claudio Abbado, the Orchestra’s Founding Music Director, established the EUYO as a world-class institution with the help of its first President, the late Sir Edward Heath KG. Claudio Abbado was succeeded as Music Director by Sir Bernard Haitink in 1994, who in turn was succeeded by the EUYO’s present Music Director, Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy in 2000.
In addition to the EUYO’s Music Directors, world famous guest conductors have included:
Sir Colin Davis
Carlo Maria Giulini
Herbert von Karajan
Sir Georg Solti
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Orchestra in Salzburg, 1980