Zubin Mehta is synonymous with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO). The stellar Indian-born conductor has been with the ensemble, on a regular basis, for close to half a century, and there is undoubtedly a special mutual relationship between the iconic conductor and the players.
Mehta will celebrate his 80th birthday on Friday, but when he recently met the press, in the middle of a three-day run of concerts to mark the milestone, he looked fit, trim and brimming with energy. I was happy to see he had full use of both legs. The last time I saw him, at last year’s Enescu Festival in Bucharest, he was moving with some difficulty, with the aid of a walking stick, following a knee operation.