Zubin Mehta Marks 70th Birthday With Autobiography

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Conductor Zubin Mehta has published a German-language autobiography titled Zubin Mehta: Die Partitur meines Lebens; Erinnerungen, or "The Score of My Life; Memories."

The book was issued this month to coincide with Mehta's 70th birthday on April 29.

According to a description on Amazon.com's German web site, the book explores Mehta's journey from Bombay to the great concert halls and opera houses of Europe, and looks at his musical life and his commitment to Israel.

A representative of Mehta said that "there is talk of reproducing [the book] in English, but no firm plans to do so at this stage."

The son of one of India's leading musicians, Mehta pursued a medical career before enrolling in the Academy of Music in Vienna. In 1961, aged 25, he conducted the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics and was named music director of the Montreal Symphony. A year later, he added the post of music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He became music advisor to the Israel Philharmonic in 1969, and was later named the orchestra's music director and then music director for life.

In 1978, he was named music director of the New York Philharmonic, a post he would hold until 1991. He completes an eight-year term as music director of the Bavarian State Opera at the end of the current season.

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