Zubin Mehta is an Indian conductor of Western classical music.
Mehta?s father, Mehli Mehta, was a violinist and founding conductor of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. Zubin Mehta initially intended to study medicine, but eventually became a music student in Vienna at the age of 18, under the eminent instructor Hans Swarowsky and in 1958 he made his conducting debut in Vienna.
Mehta rose to the rank of chief conductor when he was made Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 1960, a post he held until 1967. Other appointments followed: Musical Director the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (1962-1978); the New York Philharmonic (1978-1991), becoming the longest holder of the latter post. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra appointed Mehta its Music Advisor in 1969, Music Director in 1977, and made him its Music Director for Life in 1981. Additionally, from 1998 until 2006, he was Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra named him its Honorary Conductor.