Personalities | Lorin Maazel | Contemporary | Classical
American conductor and composer
A child prodigy, whose conducting won the praise of Toscanini, Maazel’s career began in earnest in Europe, and in 1960 he was the first American to conduct at Bayreuth. Directorships followed at the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra 1964–75, the Deutsche Oper, Berlin 1965–71, the Cleveland Orchestra 1972–82, the Orchestre National de France 1977–91, the Vienna State Opera 1982–84, the Pittsburgh Symphony 1988–96, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra 1993–2002, the New York Philharmonic 2002–09 and the Munich Philharmonic 2011–14. His opera 1984 (based on Orwell’s novel) was premiered at Covent Garden in 2005.
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