The 50-year-old musician, who had had no history of high blood pressure, told the newspaper that his condition was caused by a heavy workload of conducting and playing piano. Kahane had previously cancelled five weeks of concerts with the Colorado Symphony beginning in March.
Kahane's high blood pressure was discovered after he suffered fatigue in early March, according to the paper. Even before the hypertension (now alleviated) was diagnosed, Kahane had reportedly decided to scale back next season's engagements and focus on the two orchestras of which he is music director: the Colorado Symphony (based in Denver) and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
"We're given only so much time," Kahane told the News. "Something like this puts you in touch with what really matters in life. It's more important to do what you do and have time to live."