Riccardo Muti is regarded as one of the world’s leading conductors. He has worked with most of the top orchestras and was music director at Milan’s La Scala opera house for almost two decades. A prolific recording artist and winner of numerous awards, he is particularly associated with the music of Giuseppe Verdi. Away from the music world, he has supported a variety of humanitarian causes through his friendship concerts and other initiatives. He was named an Honorary Ambassador to UNHCR in 1989.