Zubin Mehta

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Zubin Mehta

Indian Parsi conductor of Western classical music add

Category: Music

Born in 1936.

Countries: United States (26%), (12%), Italy (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Linked to: Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Loyola Marymount University, St. Mary's School, Mumbai, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai




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Zubin Mehta was born in 1936 add something


In 1958, Mehta made his conducting debut in Vienna add something


Mehta's first marriage was to Canadian soprano Carmen Lasky in 1958 add something


Montreal Symphony Orchestra - Mehta soon rose to the rank of chief conductor when he was made Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 1960, a post he held until 1967 add something


Montreal Symphony Orchestra - Though it began touring and recording modestly in the 1960s and early 1970s under the batons of a young Zubin Mehta and Franz-Paul Decker, the OSM became a household name under the directorship of Charles Dutoit, who became music director in 1977 after the brief tenure and jolting departure of Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos


In 1961, he was named assistant conductor of the &Los_Angeles_Philharmonic; however, the orchestra's music director designate, Georg Solti, was not consulted on the appointment, and subsequently resigned in protest; soon after, Mehta himself was named Music Director of the orchestra, and held the post from 1962 to 1978 add something


Henry Lewis (musician) - He gained national recognition in 1961 when he was appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, a post he held from 1961-1965


Los Angeles Philharmonic - However, Solti abruptly resigned the position in 1961 without officially taking the post after learning that the Philharmonic board of directors failed to consult him before naming 26 year-old Zubin Mehta to be assistant conductor of the orchestra


Huguette Tourangeau - She made her operatic debut as Mercédès in "Carmen", under Zubin Mehta, in 1964, in Montreal


Gerhard Unger - Salzburg Festival - Equally known was his Pedrillo in Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail", notably in the legendary 1965 Salzburg Festival production staged by Giorgio Strehler and designed by Luciano Damiani, which was conducted by Zubin Mehta, and was kept in the festival's repertory for 10 years and was shown at Milan's La Scala


The Government of India honoured Mehta in 1966 with the Padma Bhushan and in 2001 with India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan add something


Mourning Becomes Electra (opera) - It premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on March 17, 1967 with Zubin Mehta conducting


Don Ellis - In November 1967, Ellis's first symphony, "Contrasts for Two Orchestras and Trumpet", was debuted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta.


In Christopher Nupen's 1969 documentary "The Trout" about a performance of Schubert's Trout Quintet in London by Jacqueline du Pré, Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman, Mehta plays the double bass add something


The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra appointed Mehta its Music Advisor in 1969, Music Director in 1977, and made him its Music Director for Life in 1981 add something


In July 1969, Mehta married Nancy Kovack, a former American film and television actress add something


Daniel Barenboim - His friendship with musicians Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta, and Pinchas Zukerman, and marriage to du Pré led to the 1969 film by Christopher Nupen of their Schubert "Trout" Quintet


Nancy Kovack - In 1969 Kovack married conductor Zubin Mehta, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and later music director of the New York Philharmonic


Frank Zappa - In 1970 Zappa met conductor Zubin Mehta


Ravi Shankar - Shankar toured and taught for the remainder of the 1970s and the 1980s and released his second concerto, "Raga Mala", conducted by Zubin Mehta, in 1981


Horacio Gutierrez - On August 23, 1970, Gutiérrez made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta conducting Rachmaninoff's Third piano concerto


Mehta's name is mentioned in the song "Billy the Mountain" on the 1972 album "Just Another Band from L.A." by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention add something


Joan Sutherland - With Pavarotti she made a very successful studio-recording of "Turandot" in 1972 under the baton of Zubin Mehta, though she never performed the role on stage


Margaret Bonds - Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra premiered her "Credo" for chorus and orchestra in 1972; Bonds died unexpectedly a few months later, shortly after her 59th birthday


Yefim Bronfman - He made his international debut in 1975 with Zubin Mehta and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra


He conducted the NYPO in a 1978 performance featuring legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz add something


In 1978 Mehta became the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the New York Philharmonic and remained there until his resignation in 1991, becoming the longest holder of the post add something


Los Angeles Philharmonic - When Zubin Mehta left for the New York Philharmonic in 1978, Fleischmann convinced Carlo Maria Giulini to take over as Music Director


New York Philharmonic - Zubin Mehta, one of the youngest of a new generation of internationally known conductors, became Music Director in 1978


Columbia Records - On May 5, 1979, Columbia Masterworks began digital recording in a recording session of Stravinsky's "Petrouchka" by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta, in New York


Itzhak Perlman - He had earlier sung the role in an excerpt from the opera on a 1980 Pension Fund Benefit Concert telecast as part of the Live from Lincoln Center series with Luciano Pavarotti as Cavaradossi and Zubin Mehta conducting the New York Philharmonic


Arturo Toscanini - In 1980, it was used by Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in a series of special televised NBC concerts called "Live From Studio 8H", the first one being a tribute to Toscanini, punctuated by clips from his television concerts


Anne-Sophie Mutter - In 1980, she made her American debut with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta


Leon Milo - Between 1981 and 1984, he worked with conductors like Mendi Rodan, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Paul Tortelier, Zubin Mehta, Itzak Stern and Karsten Andersen


Bernard Rands - In 1984, Rands's "Canti del Sole", premiered by Paul Sperry, Zubin Mehta, and the New York Philharmonic, won the Pulitzer Prize for Music


Since 1985, Mehta has been chief conductor of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence add something


Hagai Shaham - In 1985 he was invited to join Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman in a gala concert at Carnegie Hall, following which Zubin Mehta invited him to perform Brahms' Double Concerto at Carnegie Hall


Jean-Pierre Ponnelle - He died in Munich, Germany in 1988 of a pulmonary embolism following a tragic fall into the orchestra pit during rehearsals for a production of "Carmen" with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta


In 1990, he conducted the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in the first ever Three Tenors concert in Rome, joining the tenors again in 1994 at the Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles add something


Mehta conducted the Vienna New Year's Concert in the years 1990, 1995, 1998 and 2007 add something


Glenn Dicterow - In 1990 he played the "Carmen Fantasy" by Waxman under the direction of Zubin Mehta in a "Live from Lincoln Center" concert telecast


June Anderson - She closed 1990 with her New Year's Eve gala concert with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic broadcast nationwide on "Live from Lincoln Center" on PBS


Evgeny Kissin - In September 1990, Kissin made his debut in North America playing Chopin's two piano concertos with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and the first piano recital in Carnegie Hall's centennial season


At the Israel Prize ceremony in 1991, Mehta was awarded a special prize in recognition of his unique devotion to Israel and to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra add something


In between those appearances he conducted the historic 1992 production of "Tosca" in which each act took place in the actual setting and at the actual time specified in the score add something


In June 1994, Mehta performed the Mozart Requiem, along with the members of the Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the ruins of Sarajevo's National Library, in a fund raising concert for the victims of armed conflict and remembrance of the thousands of people killed in the Yugoslav wars add something


In 1995, Laureate of the Wolf Prize in Arts add something


He was made an honorary member of the Vienna State Opera in 1997 add something


In 1997 and 1998, Mehta worked in collaboration with Chinese film director Zhang Yimou on a production of the opera "Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini which they took to Florence, Italy, and to Beijing, China, where it was staged, in its actual surroundings, in the Forbidden City with over 300 extras and 300 soldiers. for nine historic performances add something


Additionally, from 1998 until 2006, Mehta was Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich add something


Zhang Yimou - In 1998, he directed an acclaimed version of Puccini's opera Turandot, firstly in Florence and later at the Forbidden City, Beijing , with Zubin Mehta conducting.


In 1999, Mehta was presented the "Lifetime Achievement Peace and Tolerance award" of the United Nations add something


On 29 August 1999, he conducted Mahler Symphony No. 2 , at the vicinity of Buchenwald concentration camp in the German city of Weimar, with both the Bavarian State Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, sitting alongside each other add something


Andrea Bocelli - After conducting Bocelli in the "Verdi" album, in 2000, Zubin Mehta commented that "Andrea's voice is special in many ways


In 2001 he was bestowed the title of "Honorary Conductor" of the Vienna Philharmonic and in 2004 the Munich Philharmonic awarded him the same title, as did the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2006 add something


Waltraud Meier - !Munich Opera Festival - In 2001 at the opening of the Munich Opera Festival, the singer made her debut in the role of Didon in Hector Berlioz's "Les Troyens" with Zubin Mehta conducting


In 2005, he was voted the 117th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website "Ynet" to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis add something


Since 2005, Mehta has been the main conductor of the Palau de les Arts, the new opera house of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències in Valencia, Spain add something


On 29 November 2005 Mehta appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performing Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 add something


On 26 December 2005, the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Mehta and the Bavarian State Orchestra performed for the first time in Chennai at the Madras Music Academy add something


In September 2006 the Kennedy Center announced Mehta as one of the recipients of that year's Kennedy Center Honors, presented on 2 December 2006 add something


Hagai Shaham - In 2006 Hagai Shaham was again invited by Zubin Mehta to play Brahms' Double Concerto, together with cellist Mischa Maisky, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra


Dolly Parton - Other 2006 honorees included Zubin Mehta, Steven_Spielberg, Smokey Robinson and Andrew Lloyd Webber


Carl Tanner - Tanner has sung Calaf at many major opera houses in Germany plus, in 2006, he sang the role at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of Zubin Mehta and toured with that festival organization to Japan for several more performances


Nancy Kovack - Until 2006, the Mehtas spent some months of the year in residence in Munich , Germany, where Zubin Mehta was the Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera


Andrew Lloyd Webber - In September 2006, Lloyd Webber was named to be a recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors with Zubin Mehta, Dolly_Parton, Steven Spielberg, and Smokey Robinson


Smokey Robinson - In December 2006 Robinson was one of five Kennedy Center honorees, along with Dolly Parton, Zubin Mehta, Steven_Spielberg and Andrew Lloyd Webber


On 3 February 2007, Mehta was the recipient of the Second Annual Bridgebuilder award at Loyola Marymount University add something


At the end of his tenure with the Bavarian State Opera he was named Honorary Conductor of the Bavarian State Orchestra and Honorary Member of the Bavarian State Opera, and the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien, appointed him honorary member in November 2007 add something


Dov Seltzer - Premiered in October 2007 by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of maestro Zubin Mehta


In October 2008, Mehta received the Praemium Imperiale , Japan add something


In 2009, Mehta established Mifneh , a music education program for Israeli Arabs, in cooperation with Bank Leumi and the Arab-Israel Bank add something


Angel Blue - In the 2009/10 season she was a featured soloist with the Riverside Philharmonic; the Adrian Symphony in Adrian, Michigan; Giro Italia tour with Alberto Zedda throughout Italy; Madrilenos por Haiti concert with La Orquesta Clasica de Espana in Madrid, Spain; A Gala Evening with Thomas Hampson in Budapest, Hungary; and she made her debut at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia as Micaela in Carmen, opposite Marcelo Alvarez and Elina Garanca, conducted by Zubin Mehta


Roy Arad - In July 2009, his poem, "The Night's End Anthem" was performed by the Tel Aviv philharmonic orchestra by Zubin Mehta with music of Ella Sheriff for 100 years to Tel Aviv


On 1 March 2011, Mehta received the 2,434th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame add something


Yuja Wang - In 2012, Wang toured with the Israel Philharmonic and conductor Zubin Mehta in Israel and the U.S., with a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York in September


On 6 September 2013, President of India Pranab Mukherjee awarded him the Tagore award 2013 for his outstanding contribution towards cultural harmony add something


On 7 September 2013, Zubin Mehta appeared with Bavarian State Orchestra at a Special concert named "Ehsaas e Kashmir" organized by German Embassy in India, at historic Mughal Gardens, Srinagar add something


Julian Rachlin - In 2013, he played at Mughal-era Shalimar Gardens in Srinagar, Kashmir in a concert conducted by Zubin Mehta called Ehsaas-e-Kashmir, playing the third movement of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto


For his 80th birthday on April 29, 2016, Mehta conducted the Vienna Philharmonic in an all-Beethoven concert in the "Golden Hall" of Vienna's Musikverein that included Daniel Barenboim performing the 3rd Piano Concerto add something


In December 2016, the Israel Philharmonic announced that Mehta is to conclude his tenure as music director as of October 2019 add something


Zubin Mehta and his orchestra starrs in the 2017 Spanish film documentary "Dancing Beethoven", which tells the preparation of the Ninth Symphony add something


In January 2019, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that Mehta was being named Conductor Emeritus add something


Los Angeles Philharmonic - During intermission of a concert on January 3, 2019, Simon Woods announced that Zubin Mehta was being given the title of "Conductor Emeritus, " saying: "Zubin Mehta is one of the treasures of the classical world