Lorin Maazel, Prolific Conductor of Prodigal Roots, Dies at 84

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Conductor Lorin Maazel celebrates his 80th birthday conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on March 6, 2010. Maazel, who performed as a child prodigy with the New York Philharmonic at 12 and later spent seven years as its music director, has died at the age of 84. Close

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Conductor Lorin Maazel celebrates his 80th birthday conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on March 6, 2010. Maazel, who performed as a child prodigy with the New York Philharmonic at 12 and later spent seven years as its music director, has died at the age of 84.

Lorin Maazel, the most prolific conductor of his generation who performed as a child prodigy with the New York Philharmonic at 12 and later spent seven years as its music director, has died. He was 84.

Maazel died today of complications from pneumonia at his home in Castleton, Virginia, the New York Times reported, citing his spokeswoman, Jenny Lawhorn.

To contact the reporter on this story: Laurence Arnold in Washington at larnold4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nancy Moran at nmoran@bloomberg.net

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