The Castleton Festival announced the passing of its founder and artistic director, the conductor, composer, musician and mentor Maestro Lorin Maazel. Maestro Maazel died on July 13th in Virginia from complications following pneumonia. He had been at his home, Castleton Farms, rehearsing and preparing for his annual Castleton Festival.
Lorin Maazel, age 84, was a world-renowned conductor, as well as being a composer, mentor, father and husband. He devoted more than 75 years of his life to music-making.
A second-generation American born in Paris on March 6, 1930, Lorin Maazel began violin lessons at age five, and conducting lessons at age seven. Between ages nine and fifteen he conducted most of the major American orchestras, including the NBC Symphony at the invitation of Arturo Toscanini.
In the course of his decades-long career Maestro Maazel conducted more than 150 orchestras in no fewer than 5,000 opera and concert performances. In the past year he maintained an active conducting schedule, leading 111 concerts in 2013 alone, from Oman to Munich.
All of us at Classical WETA extend our condolences to the Maazel family and everyone involved with the Castleton Festival. The Festival will continue through July 20th as scheduled.