Zubin Mehta

Indian Conductor
Born Apr 29, 1936

Zubin Mehta; (born 29 April 1936) is an Indian conductor of western classical music. He is the Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

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1936 Birth Born on April 29, 1936.


1958 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Mehta's first marriage was to Canadian soprano Carmen Lasky in 1958. They have a son, Mervon, and a daughter, Zarina. In 1964, they divorced. … Read More
1960 24 Years Old 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.
1961 25 Years Old 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.


1969 33 Years Old In July 1969, Mehta married Nancy Kovack, an American former film and television actress. … Read More
1970 34 Years Old Mehta conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the finale of Beethoven's 9th Symphony that concluded the legendary 12-hour Beethoven Marathon on the composer's 200th birthday, December 16, 1970, a concert at which his father Mehli Mehta, also conducted.


1978 42 Years Old 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. … Read More


1990 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Mehta conducted the Vienna New Year's Concert in 1990, 1995, 1998, 2007 and 2015. … Read More
1991 55 Years Old 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. … Read More
1992 56 Years Old 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. … Read More
1994 58 Years Old 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. … Read More


1997 - 2005 2 More Events
2006 70 Years Old 1 More Event
This tsunami memorial concert was organised by the Madras German consulate along with the Max-Mueller Bhavan/Goethe-Institut. 2006 was his last year with the Bavarian State Orchestra. … Read More
2007 71 Years Old 1 More Event
On 3 February 2007, Mehta was the recipient of the Second Annual Bridgebuilder Award at Loyola Marymount University. … Read More
2008 72 Years Old In October 2008, Mehta received the Praemium Imperiale (World Culture Prize in Memory of His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu), Japan.
2010 74 Years Old In 2010, Mehta conducted the orchestra for the King Carlos and Queen of Spain to play variations of Happy Birthday in the styles of various performers including Wagner, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and in the Viennese, New Orleans and Hungarian composition styles. … Read More
2011 75 Years Old 1 More Event
On 1 March 2011, Mehta received the 2,434th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2013 77 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
2016 80 Years Old 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. … Read More
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