New York Philharmonic’s Mehta sees emerging market in Asia

Posted on: May 26, 2010

An article in Wednesday’s (5/26) Straits Times (Singapore) states, “Zarin Mehta was born into a family of musicians but decided to run orchestras rather than play in them. ‘I absolutely adore music,’ says Mumbai-born Mehta, who has been executive director of the New York Philharmonic since 2000. His older brother Zubin, 74, is a celebrated conductor and their late father, Mehli, was a renowned violinist and the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. The younger Mehta, however, is more famous as an arts administrator. ‘I combined both things I enjoy, the business and management aspects as well,’ the 72-year-old tells Life! in a telephone interview from the United States. He will be in Singapore from June 8 for the inaugural Live! Singapore forum, a four-day opportunity for players in the global music industry to meet, exchange ideas and network. The arts trade show is timely for Mehta, who has no doubt that Asia is the next big thing for symphony orchestras who want to travel. … ‘I think the greatest challenge we face is that the method of supporting the arts is different from country to country,’ he says.”

Posted May 26, 2010