CASTLETON, Va. -- Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel has died at his home in Virginia while preparing for the annual Castleton Festival. He was 84.
He had served as artistic director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, general manager of the Vienna State Opera, and music director of the Radio Symphony of Berlin, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic.
The festival says Maazel died Sunday at Castleton Farms in Rapphannock County from complications following pneumonia. The festival announced Maazel's death in a statement posted on its website and Maazel's website.
Maazel founded the festival with his wife, Dietlinde Turban Maazel, in 2009.
He also was a composer. His first opera, "1984," was based on George Orwell's novel.
The Cleveland Orchestra released a statement late Sunday:
The Cleveland Orchestra joins the world in mourning the death earlier today of Lorin Maazel, who served as The Cleveland Orchestra's fifth Music Director through a remarkable decade, 1972-82. He was a musician of exceptional and early talents, who had first appeared with the Orchestra in 1942, at age 12, as both conductor and violinist. Three decades later, he was chosen to be Cleveland's Music Director.
Through hundreds of concerts at home, during ten international tours, in radio broadcasts and on a series of acclaimed recordings, his leadership and imaginative programming and performances brought inspiration and joy to Cleveland Orchestra audiences around the world. His dynamic energy and acute insight brought fresh ideas to The Cleveland Orchestra's performances and presentations, and as an institution serving the art of music, the entire Northeast Ohio community, and beyond. His importance in our history will be forever remembered. We extend condolences and sympathy to his wife, Israela Margalit, and family and friends.