Lorin Maazel, child prodigy turned brilliant conductor and festival founder: 1930-2014

July 14, 2014 12:07 AM

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Lorin Maazel, the brilliant and mercurial American conductor whose artistic journey went from child prodigy to leader of some of the world’s top classical music institutions, died Sunday morning at his home in Castleton, Va.

His death came amid the festival he and his wife, Dietlinde Turban-Maazel, founded in 2009 to support young artists. The Castleton Festival, which announced his death, gave the official cause as complications following pneumonia.

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