Indian-born violinist, conductor and teacher Mehli Mehta died in the USA on 19 October 2002, aged 94.
Born in Bombay on 25 September 1908 to Parsi parents, Mehli Mehta studied in Bombay and London, founded the Bombay Symphony Orchestra in 1935, which he led for ten years and later conducted, and also founded the Bombay String Quartet in 1940. He was known for his passion, dedication, inspiration and intensity.
He moved to the USA in 1945, where he studied violin in New York and then directed the orchestra department at UCLA. He was leader of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, UK, for five years, acknowledging Barbirolli as one of the greatest influences on his own conducting. He also played and toured with the Curtis Quartet of Philedelphia.
His sons are the General Music Director of Bavarian State Opera and Director for life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta (whose first teacher was his father), and Zarin Mehta, Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic.
Posted: 2 November 2002
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