In 1935 a violinist named Mehli Mehta founds the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. The following year, his first son Zubin is born, and even before Zubin and his brother Zarin have learned to speak, they are listening to Mozart, Schumann, and Brahms.
So it comes as no surprise that the 18-year-old decides to make the journey to Austria in 1954 to pursue music studies. As an Indian, he is a sensation in post-war Vienna; though he never experiences discrimination himself, he is shocked by the anti-Semitism that is still present there.
Mehta is and will always be a musician without boundaries, a cosmopolitan whose talent encompasses all areas of music, commanding an enormous repertoire ranging from the Classical period to the present.
He celebrated his eightieth birthday in April 2016, and now commutes between California, Israel, and Tuscany, though he still feels his roots in India and regards Vienna as his spiritual home.
The maestro speaks quite openly about his occasional failures as a young conductor, and when asked about how he finally attained artistic maturity, he answers with the most beautiful declaration of love we can imagine: it was his second wife Nancy who helped him find the necessary calm and gave his life a direction.