Maestro Lorin Maazel dead at 84

Renowned conductor Lorin Maazel has died at age 84.

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  • Lorin Maazel conducted more than 150 orchestras in at least 5,000 performances
  • He began his public career when he was just 8
  • Maestro Maazel conducted the New York Philharmonic in North Korea in 2008
Renowned conductor Lorin Maazel died from complications of pneumonia at his home in Virginia on Sunday, his family said. He was 84.
Maazel conducted more than 150 orchestras in at least 5,000 opera and concert performances during his career, beginning when he was just 8, according to his official biography.
Maazel remained active as a conductor in his last year, leading 111 concerts from Oman to Munich, Germany, in 2013, the bio said. He announced last month that his health had forced him to cut back on his public engagements.
He was music director of the New York Philharmonic when he took it to N