2017-01-04 / Mideast

Conductor will retire in 2019


Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Zubin Mehta said he would retire in October 2019, Ynet reported. Mehta has been the musical director of the Israel Philharmonic for nearly half a century.

The India-born Mehta, 80, became the Israel Philharmonic’s music director in 1977 and was named its music director for life in 1981.

In 2012, he was awarded a Presidential Medal of Distinction by then-Israeli President Shimon Peres.

In accepting the award, Mehta said, “What Israel has given me in the last 50 years I can only give back by having my musicians night after night play their hearts out all over the world.”

Mehta directed the New York Philharmonic for 13 years. Prior to that he led the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra for nearly two decades and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for six years. He remains a visiting conductor for orchestras around the world. (JTA)

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