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Zubin Mehta

Zubin Mehta

(Born 1936)

 

Zubin Mehta is an Indian born conductor
His father Mehli Mehta was a violinist and founding conductor of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.

He made his debut in 1958 in Vienna after winning an International Conducting Competition in Liverpool and was later appointed assistant conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1961, he was appointed as assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, however, the orchestra's music director Georg Solti was not consulted on the appointment and he resigned in protest.

Soon after, Zubhin Mehta was appointed Music Director of the orchestra and he held the post until 1978 after which he became the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the New York Philharmonic.

In 1990, as the conductor for the famed "Three Tenors Concert" he conducted the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.

He also conducted the historic 1992 production of Tosca which was filmed in the actual settings and at the times specified in the score.

In 1997 and 1998, Mehta worked with Chinese film director Zhang Yimou on a production of "Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini. They took the production to Florence in Italy, and then on to Beijing, China, where it was staged in the Forbidden City with over 600 extras and soldiers for a season of nine historic performances.

Metha himself narrated a documentary called "The Turandot Project" which chronicaled this production.

Zubin Mehta is known for his flamboyant, vigorous and forceful conducting style and he has been the recipient of many awards including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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