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Zubin Mehta UK
Mr. Zubin Mehta is an Indian Parsi conductor of Western classical music.
He is the Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Main Conductor for Valencia’s opera house. Mr. Zubin Mehta is also the chief conductor of Florence, Italy’s Maggio Musicale festival.
At the Israel Prize ceremony in 1991, Mr. Mehta was awarded a special prize in recognition of his unique devotion to Israel and to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1995, Laureate of the Wolf Prize in Arts. In 1999, Mr. Mehta was presented the “Lifetime Achievement Peace and Tolerance Award” of the United Nations.
The Government of India honoured Mr. Mehta in 1966 with the Padma Bhushan and in 2001 with India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.
In 2005, he was voted the 117th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis.
In September 2006 the Kennedy Center announced Mr. Mehta as one of the recipients of that year’s Kennedy Center Honors, presented on 2 December 2006.
In 2007 he received the prestigious Dan David Prize. Conductor Karl Böhm awarded Mr. Mehta the Nikisch Ring – the Vienna Philharmonic Ring of Honor.
Mr. Mehta is an honorary citizen of Florence and Tel Aviv. He was made an honorary member of the Vienna State Opera in 1997.
In 2001 he was bestowed the title of “Honorary Conductor” of the Vienna Philharmonic and in 2004 the Munich Philharmonic awarded him the same title, as did the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2006.
On 6 September 2013, President of India Pranab Mukherjee awarded him the Tagore Award 2013 for his outstanding contribution towards cultural harmony.