Zubin Mehta is born in an aristocratic family Pârsî. His/her father Mehli Mehta, violinist, found and direct the Symphony orchestra of Bombay. Zubin is intended first of all for medicine, but after two six-month periods in this way, it changes orientation and studies the music with Vienna, the Vienna Academy , under the direction of Hans Swarowsky and, in 1958, made, in this same city, its beginnings of leader. The same year, it gains the international contest of direction of orchestra ( International Conducting Competition ) with Liverpool, which involves its nomination as an assistant leader of the royal Philharmonic orchestra of Liverpool.
Mehta becomes soon titular chief when it is named musical director of the Symphony orchestra of Montreal in 1960, a station which it will preserve until in 1967. It occupies then the same station with the Philharmonic orchestra of Los Angeles of 1962 with 1978, then with the Philharmonic orchestra of New York of 1978 with 1991, becoming the chief occupying this station longest of all the history of the orchestra. It is under its direction that was interpreted in 1978 by Vladimir Horowitz the third concerto for piano and orchestra (COp 30) of Sergueï Rachmaninov. It initially directs also the Philharmonic orchestra of Israel since 1968 as to advise musical then with life in 1981 becomes its artistic director. Of 1998 with 2006, he is also artistic director of the Opera of State of Bavaria with Munich.
In June 1994, the Symphony orchestra and the chorus of Sarajevo interprets the Requiem of Mozart under the direction of Zubin Mehta in the ruins of the National library of Sarajevo, the funds collected on this occasion going to the victims of the Yugoslav conflict. The August 29th 1999, it directs the '' Second Symphony '' “'' Résurrection ''” of Mahler, close to the concentration camp of Buchenwald in the German city of Weimar, the Orchestre of the Opera of Bavaria and the Philharmonic orchestra of Israel, playing side by side. It makes a round in its country and its town of origin, India and Mumbai, in 1984, with the Philharmonic orchestra of New York, then in November - December 1994, with the Philharmonic orchestra of Israel, the soloists Itzhak Perlman and Gil Shaham.
Zubin Mehta is particularly famous for its interpretations of the neo-romantic symphonic music like that of type-setters like Anton Bruckner, Richard Strauss or Gustav Mahler. Its direction of orchestra is re-elected for its flamboyance and its power. In 2000, his/her brother, Zarin Mehta, was appointed executive director of the Philharmonic orchestra of New York.
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