Zubin Mehta
(c) Stephan Polzer

87-year-old ace conductor Zubin Mehta has arrived in his hometown Mumbai to conduct two concerts at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre on August 19 and 21 with the Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI), with whom he is performing for the first time.

The program begins with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s ‘Overture to The Marriage Of Figaro’, and comprises also Franz Schubert’s Eighth (Unfinished) Symphony, as well as Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 1

Born in Mumbai on April 29, 1936, Zubin Mehta showed an inclination for music from an early age. His father, Mehli Mehta, was a well-known conductor and violinist in Mumbai, and his mother Tehmina supported his love for music. Once Zubin realized his future lay in music, he left for Vienna at the age of 18 after completing his schooling at St Mary’s School in Mumbai.

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