The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of Lorin Maazel, our brilliant and acclaimed Music Director, 2002–09.
During his tenure Maestro Maazel and the Philharmonic commissioned and premiered nine works, including John Adams’s Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award–winning On the Transmigration of Souls, commemorating the victims of 9/11. He led the Orchestra around the world, including the historic performance in Pyongyang, North Korea, the first there by an American orchestra, and the re-consecration of Dresden’s Frauenkirche, destroyed during World War II. At home Maestro Maazel, a sensitive and singular interpreter, led complete symphonic cycles of Mahler and Beethoven, and memorable opera-in-concert performances of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Puccini’s Tosca, and Strauss’s Elektra. He hired 19 Philharmonic musicians and conducted the Orchestra’s inaugural performances in the DG Concerts series — a groundbreaking initiative to offer live Philharmonic concerts exclusively as downloads. From his debut in 1942, at the age of 12, until his last appearance in 2013, he led the Philharmonic in 619 performances.
“I am deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Lorin Maazel’s death,” said New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert. “For decades he was a major force in the musical world, and truly an inspiration for generations of American musicians. Personally, I am grateful to him, not only for the brilliant state of the Orchestra that I inherited from him, but for the support and encouragement he extended to me when I took over his responsibilities. All of us in the New York Philharmonic family send our love and sympathy to his family.”
The Philharmonic will dedicate its opening concert of this summer’s Bravo! Vail residency to Lorin Maazel, performing Barber’s Adagio for Strings, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, in honor of the late conductor, composer, violinist, and friend of the Philharmonic. An additional dedication will take place in New York City in fall 2014; details will be announced at a later date.
Join us in remembering Lorin Maazel through audio recordings, videos, and photos chronicling his tenure with the New York Philharmonic.