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date: 21 November 2019

Mehta, Mehli locked

  • Karen Monson
  • , revised by Jonathan E. Blumhofer


(b Bombay [now Mumbai], India, Sept 25, 1908; d Santa Monica, CA, Oct 19, 2002). Violinist and conductor of Indian birth. He studied at the University of Bombay and at Trinity College of Music, London. Mehta founded the Bombay SO in 1935 and served as its concertmaster for ten years before becoming its conductor. In 1940 he formed the Bombay String Quartet, which he led for 15 years. Encouraged by Efrem Zimbalist, he studied for a time with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School, then served as assistant concertmaster of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, England, under Barbirolli (1955–9). He returned to America in 1959, at which time he joined the Curtis String Quartet in Philadelphia, performing with them throughout the United States for five years. In Los Angeles, where he settled in 1964, Mehta founded the American Youth SO (1964) and served on the faculty of UCLA (...

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