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World-renowned conductor Lorin Maazel died at 84

Jul 14, 2014 16:58 IST

Lorin Varencove Maazel, the American conductor of classical music, violinist and composer died on 13 July 2014 at his home in Castleton, Virginia. He died due to complications following pneumonia. He was 84 and is survived by four daughters, three sons and four grandchildren.

Apart from conducting, he also composed music, produced an opera based on George Orwell’s novel, 1984

About Lorin Varencove Maazel
• Lorin Maazel occupied top positions at
a) The Vienna State Opera
b) The New York Philharmonic accompanied by him on a 2008 tour of isolated North Korea.
• He along with his wife, in 2009 founded the Castleton Festival, which aimed to showcase classical musicians at the start of their careers
• Till 2002, he served as the music director of the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio
• He made a debut in New York Philharmonic in 1942
• At the age of 30 in 1960, he became the first American to conduct at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany
• From 1965 onwards, he served as an artistic director and chief conductor of the Deutsche Opera Berlin for five years
• From 1972 to 1982, he served as the music director of the Cleveland Orchestra
• After Cleveland Orchestra, he became the first American to serve as general manager, artistic director and principal conductor of the Vienna State Opera
• Being at the podium for about 72 years, he guided nearly 200 orchestras in at least 7000 opera and concert performances
• He had a powerful memory and became known for performing without a score
• He took his first violin lesson at the age of 5 further was invited by Arturo Toscanini to conduct the NBC Symphony at the age of 7
• From 1988 to 1996, he was also music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony
• He won 10 Grand Prix du Disques
• He was born in 1930 in France

He is the second leading conductor to die in 2014. The first was Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, who died in January 2014 at the age of 80.

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