Lorin Maazel

French-American conductor (1930-2014)

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

Lorin Varencove Maazel
Maazel in 2008
Born6 March 1930
Died13 July 2014
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor and violinist

Early life


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. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014.