Mr. Zarin Mehta, President and Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic, is one of the world’s leading arts administrators. He has helped make the Orchestra a worldwide cultural ambassador through international tours in Asia — including the historic February 2008 concert in Pyongyang, DPRK — and throughout Europe.
He has also made outreach to young people a priority, continuing the famed Young People’s Concerts and expanding the Orchestra’s extensive educational activities, introducing the Very Young People’s Concerts for children ages 3 to 6. Mr. Mehta’s other Philharmonic initiatives have included the fostering of an active commissioning program; an innovative series of lectures and discussions; the use of newer technologies to enhance the concert experience; and a new series of downloadable concerts, recorded live, available on iTunes. The Philharmonic is the only American orchestra to be broadcast weekly via national radio broadcast.
Prior to his appointment with the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Mehta was Executive Director of the Montreal Symphony (1981-90) and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ravinia Festival (1990–2000), where he launched a far-reaching world music series, a jazz festival-within-the-festival, and an educational outreach series.