Lorin Maazel

French-American conductor
Lorin Maazel in 2008

Lorin Varencove Maazel (March 6, 1930 – July 13, 2014) was an American conductor, violinist and composer.

Maazel was born to Jewish American parents of Russian origin in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. His father, Lincoln Maazel, was also a conductor.[1]

In 1960, Maazel became the first American to conduct at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. He was chief conductor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1965 to 1971 and the Radio-Symphonie-Orchester (RSO) Berlin from 1964 to 1975.

He died aged 84 on July 13, 2014, his Castleton Farms estate in Virginia, from complications of pneumonia.[2]


  1. Sara Bauknecht (23 September 2009). "Obituary: Lincoln Maazel / Performer and father of symphony conductor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  2. "Maestro Lorin Maazel – 1930–2014". The Castleton Festival. July 13, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014.