Today, the sad news reached us that Pasquale Quadri, founder and chairman of Clay Paky SpA, passed away earlier this week at his home in Torre De Roveri.
Pasquale “Paky” Quadri was a highly successful entrepreneur, although very reserved. Even with his quiet and private nature, he was known and regarded by lighting professionals all over the world.
Peter Johansen, CEO of SGM Lighting, said: “I always regarded Pasquale as one of the original inventors of modern entertainment lighting — a great engineer and a true gentleman, who deserved all the awards he received in life. Goodbye from a humble colleague.”
Passionate about technology and the culture of innovation, 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.
After founding Clay Paky in 1976, Quadri never gave in to the temptation of moving the company to countries with lower costs and taxation, even though his most dangerous competitors come from those same countries: Asian companies that have replicated his ideas for years, despite the 80 and more patents held by Quadri.
In March this year, Quadri was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the MIPA Awards held in Frankfurt during Musikmesse, the 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.
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, 67, is outlived by his wife Antonella, his daughters Alessandra and Francesca, and granddaughters
Melissa and Martina.