Renowned Conductor Lorin Maazel Dies at Age 84; Recording Academy Issues Statement

Renowned Conductor Lorin Maazel Dies at Age 84; Recording Academy Issues Statement

CNN reports that renowned conductor, violinist and composer Lorin Maazel passed away yesterday, July 13th at the age of 84 due to complications of pneumonia.

Maazel made his debut at the conducting podium at the age of eight, and embarked on his career in earnest in 1953, establishing a reputation in European concert halls by 1960.

He would later be appointed music director of the Cleveland Orchestra,Orchestre National de France, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic (NYP), among other posts.

For full bio of Lorin Maazel, visit

Today, the Recording Academy issued the following statement on Maazel's passing:

Four-time GRAMMY®-winning conductor, musician and composer Lorin Maazel devoted his life to music. A child prodigy who made his conducting debut at age eight, he has conducted nearly all of the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, and many others throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. He also had vast experience directing opera, and served as artistic director of the Vienna State Opera for two years. Throughout his extraordinary career of nearly eight decades, he conducted more than 150 orchestras in at least 5,000 opera and concert performances, and made more than 300 recordings. Additionally, he recognized the value of mentoring, from which he benefited as a youth, and established the Castleton Festival, nurturing and showcasing young talent through training seminars and performances, bringing a fresh perspective to classical music and ensuring its future. Our music community has lost a true music man, and his remarkable legacy will have a lasting impact for generations to come. Our sincere condolences go out to his family, his many friends and fans throughout the world, and the countless musicians who had the privilege of working with him.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy

Photo courtesy of Maestro Maazel's Official site