Lorin Maazel was an American Conductor; he also played the violin and composed. His career spanned five decades, in which time he built an international reputation as a preeminent conductor. He began to compose more in his later years. He died on the 13th of July 2014.
Lorin Maazel was born in Paris to a highly musical American family. He started learning the violin at the age of five and soon after started studying conducting, at the age of seven. Maazel was a precocious child, he conducted his first orchestra at eight years old and by the age of 15 he had already led all of the great American orchestras, he was even invited to conduct the NBC Symphony by Toscanini. He made his European debut in Italy in 1953; seven years later he became the first American to conduct at the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals. Lorin Maazel was also the first American to conduct in North Korea and the first Classic musician to launch his own application for the iPhone.
Maazel was a true maestro; he conducted more than 200 orchestras in approximately 7000 performances. He was the Musical Director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra. He also acted as Artistic Director of Vienna State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He made over 300 recordings during his career, including award-winning recordings of the great symphonic works of Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Richard Strauss. He actively engaged with young musicians, founding the Castleton Festival and creating a targeted youth program.
Lorin Maazel died on Sunday the 13th of July 2014, at the age of 84.
Six Landmark Dates in the Life of Lorin Maazel
• 1941: Maazel conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra at the invitation of Toscanini.
• 2005: Premiere of 1984, an opera written by Maazel, at Covent Garden.
• 2008 : Maazel conducted in North Korea (at a concert in Pyongyang).
• 2009 : Maazel founded the Castleton Festival, in Virginia.
• 2014 : Died, in Virginia (USA).
Six Key Recordings by Lorin Maazel
• Modeste Moussorgsky : Pictures at an Exhibition, Cleveland Orchestra, Telarc 1979
• Jean Sibelius : Complete Symphonies Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, DECCA 1991
• New Year's Concert in Vienna, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, DG 2000
• Complete Works of Richard Strauss, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, RCA 1999
• Georges Bizet : Carmen, Orchestre National de France and the Radio France Choir, Julia Migenes, Plácido Domingo, Faith Esham , Ruggero Raimondi , Lillian Watson, Susan Daniel, et al, Erato 2010
• Schubert, Complete Symphonies, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, BR Classic 2013
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