About Zubin Mehta
Zubin Mehta is one of the most accomplished conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries.
∙ Mehta’s earliest musical training came from his father—famed conductor and violinist, Mehli Mehta—who founded the Bombay Symphony Orchestra in India in 1935.
∙ He became the first person to direct two North American orchestras, simultaneously acting as the Musical Director for the Montreal and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestras throughout the 1960s.
∙ Partnering with Frank Zappa, he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a 1970 performance and live recording of Zappa’s avant-garde, rock-infused orchestral suite, 200 Motels.
∙ In the late ’70s, he was the Musical Director for both the New York Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (which also appointed him Music Director for Life in 1981).
∙ For the score to Woody Allen’s 1979 film, Manhattan, Mehta conducted the New York Philharmonic through a variety of George Gershwin tunes, including the iconic “Rhapsody In Blue.”
∙ In 1990, he conducted the Three Tenors concert in Rome— featuring opera superstars Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, and José Carreras—and repeated the feat in Los Angeles in 1994.
BORNApril 29, 1936