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Zubin Mehta (Photo of Zubin Mehta)

Zubin Mehta

While Zubin Mehta was still in his teens, his teacher, the venerable Hans Swarowsky, called him "a born conductor." Years later in 1981, the year Mehta was named Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Harold C. Schonberg wrote in The New York Times that "his beat must be an orchestra player's delight. It is almost textbook in its motions, moving in fairly large arcs in an unfussy manner…. There is something Toscaninian in Mr.

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