Zubin Mehta, 81, is slow to recover

Zubin Mehta, 81, is slow to recover


norman lebrecht

April 05, 2018

The conductor, who underwent shoulder surgery at the end of last year, is not yet fit to return.

His Vienna Philharmonic tour of northern Europe this month and next is being taken over by Daniel Harding, outgoing chief of the Orchestre de Paris, and Andres Orozco-Estrada, incoming head of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

We wish Zubin better.



  • Rob says:

    All conductors should do a hundred push ups a day.

    • Boris says:

      As human muscle structures and bone mass degenerate over time, let’s expand that to all musicians. The music world is filled with far too many jelly bellies and noodle armed choir boys.

      Get well Zubin!!!!

  • Bruce says:

    Shoulders always take a long time to recover. Professional baseball players in their 20s or 30s typically need to take an entire year off after shoulder surgery. I don’t know what exactly Mehta procedure had done, but a 3-month hiatus for an 81-year-old shoulder seemed pretty optimistic.

  • Martinu says:

    Maestro Mehta has an extremely busy schedule in Tel Aviv in the coming months – Bruckner 9, Brahms 2 (and other works) in May, and Rosenkavalier and other programs in July. Will he recover? If not, who will jump in?
    Shoulder surgery, as said, requires long recovery. Let’s hope he returns soon – great conductor, who has done so much for music life it Israel!

  • jean says:

    Any shoulder surgery, such as rotator cuff repair or more probably prothesis for a 80 years old man needs a very long rehabilitation, 6 to 12 months is common

  • Barbara Todres says:

    I wish Zubin Mehta the speediest recovery possible but most importantly, comfort & utmost care.

    He is certainly loved and in my thoughts and heart.