Zubin Mehta
Indian conductor
Zubin Mehta
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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Review: Zubin Mehta Leads Israel Philharmonic in ‘Resurrection’
NYTimes - over 1 year
The conductor steered the orchestra through the gamut of sonic dynamics in a Mahler symphony that testified to Carnegie Hall’s remarkable acoustics.
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Can One Cordon Off Evil Ideas From Art and Science?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Many people face the dilemma today of deciding what media and speakers are acceptable to engage. Should you watch a movie produced by an anti-Semite? Should you listen to an opera written by a composer favored by the Nazis; what about accepting scientific research that was conducted by Nazis? These moral dilemmas are at the core of a larger issue -- can there be a separation from contemptible people and the art they create? Art is particularly problematic for those seeking morality in execution as well as theme, for many artists and performers are egotistical, vain, often willing to exploit anyone to advance their own art, and inclined toward flaunting their distaste toward conventional morality. For example, Pablo Picasso is remembered for powerful paintings, such as his anti-war masterpiece "Guernica." However, his first cubist painting, "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," shows five naked prostitutes who stare out at the viewer, taking in the perspective of a potential customer. The pai ...
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Heads of Asian orchestras converge on Mumbai for meet
The Times of India - over 3 years
When renowned conductor Zubin Mehta performed for sold-out audiences in Mumbai last week, the term “aapro Zubin” kept popping up in media reports.     
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Controversial Kashmir concert by Zubin Mehta ends on sour note
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - A concert by renowned conductor Zubin Mehta in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where separatist groups are fighting New Delhi's rule, was mired in controversy on Sunday, posing potential diplomatic embarrassment for Germany, whose ambassador organized the event. The concert, on the banks of picturesque Dal Lake, went off peacefully on Saturday night amid heavy security to deter any attack by separatist insurgents in one of the most militarized regions of the world. ...
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Mehta conducts Kashmir concert despite separatist objections
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Celebrated conductor Zubin Mehta led the Bavarian State Orchestra in a classical music concert Saturday in disputed Indian Kashmir despite strong objections from separatist leaders.
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Zubin Mehta plans peace concert in Kashmir, but sparks controversy
LATimes - over 3 years
Activist groups in Kashmir are protesting a concert meant to promote peace in the disputed area along the de facto border between India and Pakistan.
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Security Tight as Conductor Zubin Mehta Faces Music in Indian Kashmir
Voice of America - over 3 years
A planned concert by the Bavarian State Orchestra and renowned conductor Zubin Mehta in Indian-controlled Kashmir has angered separatist groups in the disputed Himalayan region, and security forces are mounting a major operation to keep the visitors safe. The concert, the first of its kind in Kashmir, is expected to attract an audience of 1,500 guests on Saturday, including government ministers and diplomats. It will be held in a Mughal-era terraced garden on the banks of the picturesque Dal ...
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New Delhi must not heed separatists wanting to block Zubin Mehta from performing in Srinagar
The Times of India - over 3 years
The opposition of Kashmiri separatists to the Zubin Mehta concert to be held at Srinagar’s Shalimar Bagh on September 7 is along predictable lines.     
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Kashmir separatists demand scrapping of Mehta concert
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Indian Kashmiri separatists are demanding the cancellation of a concert by celebrated conductor Zubin Mehta to be staged in the disputed territory next month, saying it would legitimise Indian "state repression".
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Beethoven Comes to Kashmir
NYTimes - over 3 years
German diplomats help organize a concert in war-torn Kashmir for the celebrated conductor Zubin Mehta.
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Israel giving President Obama award ?
Fox News - about 4 years
This is a curious award (see below from New York Times.) After all the suggestions of a chilly relationship between the Obama Administration and Israel and the fact that President Obama did not visit Israel in his first term which offended some, President Obama to be given this award. —– Israel: Obama to Receive Award By JODI RUDOREN President Shimon Peres plans to give President Obama a special award at a state dinner next month when Mr. Obama is expected to visit Israel. Mr. Obama would be the first sitting American president to receive the award, Israel’s Presidential Medal of Distinction. Previous recipients include Henry A. Kissinger and the conductor Zubin Mehta. “Barack Obama is a true friend of the State of Israel, and has been since the beginning of his public life,” Mr. Peres said in a statement. ■ PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 18, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/world/middleeast/israel-obama-to-receive-award.html  
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Dusty Wright: Thankful For Tasty New Rock Music!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Happy Thanksgiving. It's been a terrific month for mining new music. I caught an advance screening of Led Zeppelin's new concert movie at MoMA (and their press conference), discovered what may be my favorite album of the year, and found inspiring young musicians sharing their chops and muses with the world. With the holidays around the corner, here are some early suggestions for music very much worth sharing with friends, lovers, bosses, and family.  "You're So Great / It's All Right, Ma" Wendy James You're So Great E.P. (Cobraside) If Brit-born/NYC-based Ms. James's claim-to-fame-band Transvision Vamp was a tad too sugar-pop coated for your New Yawk punk rawk palette, not to worry. Thanks to guitarist James Williamson (Iggy Pop Stooge) and drummer James Sclavunos (Nick Cave alumnus), she's found some downtown 'tude. The A-side is a fun retro Ramones-style punk ditty, but it's the flip-side Grinderman-grind Dylan cover where it all comes together. For Zimmerman puris ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Zubin Mehta
  • 2016
    Age 79
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Mehta received praise early in his career for dynamic interpretations of the large scale symphonic music of Anton Bruckner, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Franz Schmidt. His conducting is renowned as being flamboyant, vigorous and forceful.
  • 2013
    Age 76
    On 6 September 2013, President of India Pranab Mukherjee awarded him the Tagore Award 2013 for his outstanding contribution towards cultural harmony.
    More Details Hide Details Mehta's life has been documented in Terry Sanders' film Portrait of Zubin Mehta. A documentary film about Mehta, Zubin and I, was produced by the grandson of an Israeli harpist who played with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra before Mehta assumed the helm. The filmmaker joins the orchestra on a tour of Mumbai and meets with him for two interviews, in India and Tel Aviv. 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, Itzhak Perlman and Mehta, he plays the double bass. Zubin Mehta was also mentioned in the book Master of the Game (novel) by Sidney Sheldon. In 2009, Mehta established Mifneh (Hebrew for "change"), a music education program for Israeli Arabs, in cooperation with Bank Leumi and the Arab-Israel Bank. Three schools, in Shfaram, the Jezreel Valley and Nazareth, are taking part in the pilot project.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Both Mehta and Orchestra reportedly renounced their usual fees for this concert.
  • 2011
    Age 74
    On 2 October 2011 he received the Echo Klassik in Berlin, for his life's work.
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    On 1 March 2011, Mehta received the 2,434th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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  • 2010
    Age 73
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1965, he received an honorary doctorate from Sir George Williams University, which later became Concordia University. 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.
  • 2008
    Age 71
    In October 2008, Mehta received the Praemium Imperiale (World Culture Prize in Memory of His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu), Japan.
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  • 2007
    Age 70
    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.
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    On 3 February 2007, Mehta was the recipient of the Second Annual Bridgebuilder Award at Loyola Marymount University.
    More Details Hide Details Mehta is an honorary citizen of Florence and Tel Aviv. He was made an honorary member of the Vienna State Opera in 1997. 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.
  • 2006
    Age 69
    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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Mehta's performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at The Proms in London was picketed and interrupted by pro-Palestinian protesters.
  • 2005
    Age 68
    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 (formerly called Madras) at the Madras Music Academy.
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  • 1997
    Age 60
    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 then 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.
    More Details Hide Details The making of this production was chronicled in a documentary called The Turandot Project which Mehta narrated.
  • 1994
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On 29 August 1999, he conducted Mahler Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection), 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. He toured his native country India and home city Mumbai (Bombay) in 1984, with the New York Philharmonic, and again in November–December 1994, with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, along with soloists Itzhak Perlman and Gil Shaham.
  • 1992
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This production starred Catherine Malfitano in the title role, Plácido Domingo as Cavaradossi and Ruggero Raimondi as Baron Scarpia. Act I was telecast live from Rome's basilica of Sant'Andrea della Valle on Saturday, 11 July, at noon (Central European Daylight Saving Time); act II was telecast later that evening from the Palazzo Farnese at 9:40 p.m.; act III was telecast live on Sunday, 12 July, at 7:00 am from the Castel Sant'Angelo, also known as Hadrian's Tomb.
  • 1991
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1995, Laureate of the Wolf Prize in Arts. In 1999, Mehta was presented the "Lifetime Achievement Peace and Tolerance Award" of the United Nations. 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.
  • 1990
    Age 53
    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.
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    Mehta conducted the Vienna New Year's Concert in 1990, 1995, 1998, 2007 and 2015.
    More Details Hide Details He has also made a recording of Indian instrumentalist Ravi Shankar's Sitar Concerto No. 2, with Shankar and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 1978
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) appointed Mehta its Music Advisor in 1969, Music Director in 1977, and made him its Music Director for Life in 1981. Since 1985, Mehta has been chief conductor of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence. (In 2015, he announced his intention to step down from this position in 2017.) Additionally, from 1998 until 2006, Mehta was Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. The Munich Philharmonic named him its Honorary Conductor. Since 2005, Mehta has been the main conductor (together with Lorin Maazel) of the Palau de les Arts, the new opera house of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències in Valencia, Spain.
  • 1970
    Age 33
    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.
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  • 1969
    Age 32
    In July 1969, Mehta married Nancy Kovack, an American former film and television actress.
    More Details Hide Details Mehta, a permanent resident of the United States, retains his Indian citizenship.
  • 1961
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1958
    Age 21
    In 1958, Mehta made his conducting debut in Vienna.
    More Details Hide Details The same year he won the International Conducting Competition in Liverpool and was appointed assistant conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Two years after the divorce, Carmen married Mehta's brother, Zarin Mehta, formerly the Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic.
  • 1936
    Born on April 29, 1936.
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