As the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra prepares to open its 2011-2012 season on October 13, the classical music world recognized the contributions of IPO's "Conductor for Life" Zubin Mehta with two significant honors. In September Maestro Mehta received the Furtwängler Prize "for his commitment to music and social problems" and he accepted the Lifetime Acheivement Award at Germany's ECHO Klassik Awards on October 2nd.

Mehta commented "[The Furtwängler Prize] is a huge honor. I don't think it's necessary to give me a special award, however. I am a musician, I make music with my favorite orchestra, and that's enough for me. Each concert is an award and a gift to me."

This season celebrates the 75th anniversary of the IPO's founding, sees the renovation of Mann Auditorium - the Orchestra's permanent home, and features an exciting 75th Anniversary Festival in December.


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