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date: 12 November 2019

Mehta, Zarinlocked

  • Michael Mauskapf

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(b Bombay [now Mumbai], India, Oct 28, 1938). American orchestra manager of Indian birth. He is the son of violinist mehli Mehta and brother of conductor zubin Mehta. After studying in England to become an accountant, he moved to Canada and became partner at Coopers & Lybrand. While there, he joined the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, later becoming managing director of the Montreal SO (1981–90). He was subsequently appointed executive director (later CEO) of the Ravinia Festival outside of Chicago (1990–2000), where he introduced jazz and world music series to complement the festival’s classical offerings. In 2000, Mehta was named executive director (later president) of the New York Philharmonic, an orchestra for which his brother Zubin had served as music director several decades earlier. While in New York, he hired two music directors (Lorin Maazel in 2002 and Alan Gilbert in 2009...

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