Lorin Maazel


Lorin Maazel became Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2002. Over the years he has led more than 150 orchestras in more than 5,000 opera and concert performances, and conducted the Philharmonic more than 100 times prior to his current appointment.

Mr. Maazel most recently served as music director of the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio (1993 until summer 2002). He has held positions as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony (1988-96); general manager and chief conductor of the Vienna State Opera (1982-84) – the first American to hold that position; music director of The Cleveland Orchestra (1972-82), appearing with the orchestra in some 700 performances and seven international tours; and artistic director and chief conductor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (1965-71). He was named honorary member of the Israel Philharmonic in 1985 when he conducted its 40th anniversary concert. He is also Honorary Member of the Vienna Philharmonic and is the recipient of the Hans von Bulow Silver Medal from the Berlin Philharmonic.

Maestro Maazel's extensive discography includes recordings with The Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, and Bavarian Radio Orchestra. His interpretations of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with The Cleveland Orchestra were the first complete recordings of these works. He is the recipient of 10 Grand Prix du Disque Awards.

As a violinist, Lorin Maazel has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras. Also an accomplished composer, his works include The Empty Pot , for boy soprano, children's chorus, orchestra, and narrator; Farewells , commissioned and performed by the Vienna Philharmonic; Irish Vapours and Capers, premiered by the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1994 and his first opera, 1984, premiered in London's Royal Opera House.

His honors, decorations, and awards include the Commander's Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Legion of Honor of France, and the Commander of the Lion of Finland.

Lorin Maazel appears in the following:

Tribute: Lorin Maazel

Monday, July 14, 2014

During his career, he conducted over 150 orchestras (including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra), and at least 5,000 opera and concert performances.

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Maazel Conducts Strauss

Thursday, July 22, 2010

This week's performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic features Lorin Maazel conducting a program that includes works by Strauss and Sibelius.

Maestro Lorin Maazel

Monday, June 22, 2009

Lorin Maazel, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, discusses stepping down from that position, his musical career, and his new venture—the Castleton Festival - a three-week music festival in rural Castleton, Virginia, which features 120 young musicians staging, performing, conducting, and putting on four Britten chamber operas. ...

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Back from North Korea

Friday, February 29, 2008

Lorin Maazel, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, and John Schaefer , the host of WNYC's Sound Check and New Sounds, talk about the New York Philharmonic's trip to North Korea.
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Friday, February 29, 2008

Travel guru Rick Steves says international travel is a political act, and he offers advice for getting more travel out of a weak dollar. And, speaking of political travel, the New York Philharmonic is back home after their ground-breaking concert in North Korea. Music Director Lorin Maazel and WNYC’s John ...


Sunday, July 03, 2005

"Maestros" a Summer Special with three world-renown conductors: Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel and Pierre Boulez – who share the music they listen to when they're off the podium; the conductors who most influenced them; how they manage the tricky relationship with their orchestras and where they envision their place in history.


Lorin Maazel

Sunday, September 22, 2002

As Lorin Maazel begins his tenure as the New York Philharmonic's new music director, WNYC’s Gilbert Kaplan presents an exclusive interview with the conductor recorded on July 23 in Munich at his home studio. Among other things, Maazel will discuss the world premiere of On the Transmigration of Souls, a September 11 commission by the orchestra.


Lorin Maazel

Sunday, February 18, 1979

Bob Sherman plays the unused half of an interview with Lorin Maazel.