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Pasquale Quadri 1947 - 2014

8 September 2014 10.30 BST

(Italy) - ‘Paky’, Founder and Chairman of Clay Paky SpA, passes away.

Pasquale Quadri, Founder and Chairman of Clay Paky SpA, passed away over the weekend at his home in Torre De Roveri. He was 67.

Pasquale ‘Paky’ Quadri was a highly successful entrepreneur, although very reserved. He preferred not to appear at industry events often but he was the creative soul behind the company. Although Clay Paky was involved in architectural lighting, it was show lighting in which they made their name.

Some of the most recent events Clay Paky was involved with was the Summer Olympic Games in London, the Winter Games in Sochi, the Academy Awards, the shows by Bruno Mars and Madonna during the finals of the Superbowl, the tours of many artists such as Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones and the magic exhibitions of the Cirque du Soleil and the ballets of the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow.
The story of Paky, truly passionate about technology and the culture of innovation, is closely intertwined with the history of show business, and it is studded with great international successes: it was Quadri who conceived most of the Clay Paky products, from the very first lighting effects such as Astrodisco, which became an icon in the discotheques of the '70s and '80s to the legendary automated lights used in rock concerts and TV, such as Golden Scan and Sharpy, up to today’s innovative B-EYE.

Quadri founded Clay Paky in 1976 and was fiercely proud of their ‘Made in Italy’ moniker, never giving in to the temptation to move the company to a country with lower costs and taxation. Thanks to him, Clay Paky has obtained a total of more than 50 of the most prestigious international awards in the sector of professional show lighting.
In March this year, Quadri was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the MIPA Awards held in Frankfurt during Musikmesse, the most important world trade show for musical instruments, professional sound and equipment for stage shows. Quadri was the first representative from the lighting industry to receive this prestigious prize. He had been preceded by figures who have written the history of the music industry in the world and these include, for example, the two Meyer brothers, founders of the famous loudspeaker company Meyer Sound, Fritz Sennheiser, inventor of the wireless microphone and Jim Marshall, whose amplifiers for guitar are legendary.
At the beginning of August this year, Quadri signed an agreement to transfer the ownership of Clay Paky SpA to OSRAM with the objective of securing further expansion for the company.

Pasquale Quadri is outlived by his wife Antonella, his daughters Alessandra and Francesca, and granddaughters Melissa and Martina.

The complete biography of Pasquale Quadri and the story of Clay Paky are available on


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