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Lorin Varencove Maazel
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Maazel in 2008
Born 6 March 1930
Died 13 July 2014
Occupation Composer, conductor and violinist

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

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.


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.

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