The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman and its inaugural concert was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. The IPO plays in subscription and in special concerts and series throughout Israel as well as the world. In 1969 Zubin Mehta was appointed Music Advisor to the IPO and in 1977 he became Music Director. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was named IPO Laureate Conductor in 1988, in 1992 Kurt Masur (1927-2015) was appointed Honorary Guest Conductor and since 2011 Gianandrea Noseda has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor. The IPO appointed Zubin Mehta Music Advisor in 1969, Music Director in 1977, and Music Director for Life in 1981. He continues to support the discovery and furtherance of musical talents all over the world. Together with his brother Zarin he is co-chairman of the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Bombay, where more than 200 children are educated in Western Classical Music. Maestro Mehta is on his final US tour and will conduct here in Sarasota.
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