Lorin Maazel Dies

GRAMMY-winning conductor dies at 84
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    Lorin Maazel
July 14, 2014 -- 9:44 am PDT

GRAMMY-winning conductor, musician and composer Lorin Maazel died July 13 in Castleton, Va., following complications from pneumonia. He was 84. Born in Paris but educated in the United States, Maazel was a child prodigy who made his conducting debut at age 8. He went on to conduct many of the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, and the Vienna State Opera, as well as orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. In addition, he served as the music director of the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra, and artistic director for the Vienna State Opera, among others. Over his nearly eight decade-long career Maazel garnered four GRAMMY Awards, including two for 2004 for Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance for Adams: On The Transmigration Of Souls. Additionally, in 2009 Maazel established the Castleton Festival, which nurtures and showcases young talent through training seminars and performances. "Our music community has lost a true music man, and his remarkable legacy will have a lasting impact for generations to come," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.

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