Lorin Maazel, a guest conductor and music director of some of the world’s greatest orchestras, died July 13, after suffering complications from pneumonia. He was 84.
Maestro Maazel had appeared regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as recently as January and February 2013. As a music director, he led orchestras in London, Munich, New York and Cleveland, and had conducted opera companies in Berlin and Vienna as well.
Martha Gilmer, the CSO’s vice president for artistic planning and audience development, issued this statement on the maestro’s passing:
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association expresses its condolences to the family and friends of Lorin Maazel, who passed away today at his home in Castleton Farms in Virginia from complications of pneumonia. He was 84.
Maestro Maazel was an esteemed guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra both at home and on tour. He often expressed his admiration and affection for the musicians of the CSO, and in the last few weeks I was in touch with him to discuss his return to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the 2015/16 season.
Lorin Maazel had an insatiable musical curiosity and a great knowledge of music. I heard his performance of the first act of Die Walküre last summer in Salzburg, and it is a performance I will not forget. His commitment to young artists was admirable, and his love for his work with the Castleton Festival, which he founded, was inspiring. His spirit will remain vivid to the many musicians he worked with.
Image above: Maestro Lorin Maazel takes his last bow after a performance on Jan. 31, 2013, at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center in China, while touring with the CSO. | © Photo by Todd Rosenberg.