Top 84 Zubin Mehta Quotes

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“All these people who scream about Kashmir being an armed camp are in fact responsible for keeping it that way.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Even in music concerts in Mumbai and different parts of the world, seats are reserved for sponsors.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Citizens of India, Pakistan, and Kashmir need to come together and make music.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I am jealous of all those people who live on the shore of Dal Lake.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I respect the Indian government for the fact that there are no settlements in Kashmir.”

― Zubin Mehta

“In Bombay, we have a fine concert hall. I think it is high time we built venues in Delhi and Calcutta, not only for western music, but also Indian music. It doesn’t matter which party is in power; don’t you think the capital of India should have a concert hall?”

― Zubin Mehta

“I just want to play for Hindus and Muslims that sit together. That’s all I want to do.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Just imagine, the thousands and thousands of concerts that take place every single day, all over the world. And the positive effect that they would have on the people listening. Now imagine a world without this. This void… it is unthinkable.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I always look at the work of fashion designers as if they were art.”

― Zubin Mehta

“My temples are only in India. When I am in India, I go to the religious ceremonies.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Rock music is predictable, unless there’s great talent involved.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I love rap because it talks about pain that comes authentically from the ghetto. It moves me.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I’m hopeful that Israelis can go to Ramallah whenever they want and see how the people are living.”

― Zubin Mehta

“It’s hard to find an emblem of cultural, national pride that burns as bright as Israel’s success in classical music.”

― Zubin Mehta

“The amount of culture going on in a small country like Israel is amazing.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I miss the standard of the New York Philharmonic’s playing very much. It has certainly been a high point in my life.”

― Zubin Mehta

“In Chicago, they die for their teams.”

― Zubin Mehta

“New York for a long time was a kind of conductor’s graveyard.”

― Zubin Mehta

“One shouldn’t know the future.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Israel is a piece of real estate that neither Jew or Arab will let go of; neither will leave these shores. And so they will have to learn to live together.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Let’s try to count the number of Nobel prize-winners that have emerged from scientific centres of excellence like the Weizmann Institute and Haifa’s technical university, the Technion. There has to be at least 25.”

― Zubin Mehta

“As long as they keep building settlements, the world will be anti-Israeli.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I wish that only three residents of Tel Aviv could see what conditions on the West Bank are like. Living in such proximity, most Israelis have no idea about the adversity on the West Bank.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Israel gives the West Bank water twice a week! One way of promoting good would be not to ration water.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I believe in music.”

― Zubin Mehta

“My tastes are Viennese.”

― Zubin Mehta

“You might say that Richard Wagner was the Queen Victoria of Europe. He had musical children everywhere!”

― Zubin Mehta

“I’m very much tied to the state of Israel, but I am against their policy of settlements in Palestine.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I am not only a Parsi, I am a Kashmiri too.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I have had bullets flying at concerts, but I don’t want to talk about that.”

― Zubin Mehta

“There are people who think I am Israeli. That’s rubbish.”

― Zubin Mehta

“It seems always to have been difficult to have been a New York Philharmonic conductor because of the nature of New York. We are in direct competition with the great orchestras in the world who come to play in our hall or in Carnegie, and we are constantly compared. I think that ‘s a good thing.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I think conductors do spend too little time with their orchestras.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I sometimes feel it is to my disadvantage that I have not conducted the Cleveland Orchestra or the Boston or Chicago symphonies, but then I have had to sacrifice something in order to have enough time with my orchestras.”

― Zubin Mehta

“An American orchestra doesn’t want to play more than it has to. I respectfully disagree with that attitude.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Music is the message of peace, and music only brings peace.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Open rehearsals reach people who might not otherwise hear the Philharmonic – people on fixed incomes, people who can’t move easily at night, students.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Some musical directors have more chutzpah. They pick up the phone and talk people into giving. I prefer to call and say ‘thank you’ after the money has been contributed.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Wagner’s philosophy had absolutely nothing to do with Bruckner. Bruckner hadn’t written a single word against Jews. Wagner’s book on the Jews was one of the most infamous books of the 19th century.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Bruckner’s Eighth is a colossus.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I feel growing up in Mumbai is an advantage, as we grow up speaking so many languages that when we go abroad, it becomes easier to learn new languages.”

― Zubin Mehta

“My parents had chosen the medical profession for me. I even studied a few semesters at St Xavier’s College, but at the back of my mind, I always wanted to be a musician like my father.”

― Zubin Mehta

“If North American musicians would only know how uncomfortable life is for European musicians.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Go to the young conductors who are not making it, and you will hear how we shouldn’t push ourselves or sell ourselves, how they don’t have the right connections and the right opportunities. Well, you can be sure they’ve had the opportunities.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I would convert to Judaism if the operation didn’t hurt so much.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I’m a Persian Jew, and we don’t speak Hebrew.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I’m a pucca Indian. Bombay is my home.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I love India.”

― Zubin Mehta

“There was an opinion expressed in the newspapers that, after 20 years, maybe the Israel Philharmonic should consider asking me to leave. I thought they might have a point, so I asked my orchestra. They told me overwhelmingly that they wanted me to stay.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I’m really not a party person. I’m in the business of working with 100 people every day, so I don’t revel in meeting a roomful of people in my leisure time.”

― Zubin Mehta

“After conducting Wagner, Beethoven’s triple concerto is like taking an Alka Seltzer.”

― Zubin Mehta

“The New York Philharmonic is a tremendous opportunity, a great orchestra.”

― Zubin Mehta

“New York is really the place to be; to go to New York, you’re going to the center of the world, the lion’s den.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I feel that the critic and music director should have such a good relationship they can pick up the phone and call each other any time.”

― Zubin Mehta

“My life is so full of sacrifices.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I’ve never said, ‘I live for art.’”

― Zubin Mehta

“I have a few homes, and Los Angeles is certainly one of them.”

― Zubin Mehta

“There are three orchestras in Munich, all world-quality, in a city of one million. Yet every hall is full.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I am often critical of Israel’s policies when in the country, but then feel defensive of them when overseas.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Why does Israel always have to suffer for others to feel bad for it?”

― Zubin Mehta

“As soon as, say, Saddam Hussein started bombing Israel with Scuds, everyone was like, ‘Poor Israel.’ But when Israel retaliates – and most of the time they then win – people turn against them.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I am always hearing from Israelis, ‘Oh, CNN is anti-Israel,’ or ‘BBC is against us.’ But no, they are reporting facts.”

― Zubin Mehta

“We are so indebted to our ancestors, musically speaking, that they have left us 400 years of music.”

― Zubin Mehta

“In truth, I became a conductor because deep down I wanted to conduct Brahms’s four symphonies and Richard Strauss’s tone poems.”

― Zubin Mehta

“If you can sing together, you can live together.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I endeavor that all orchestras I conduct sound Central European.”

― Zubin Mehta

“One learns how to change gears within a concert repertoire.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I love to conduct opera.”

― Zubin Mehta

“My family and relatives alone could fill Shanmukhananda Hall in Bombay.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I am an Indian, so I do yoga.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I knew at university that medicine was just not for me. I saved many lives by not being a doctor!”

― Zubin Mehta

“I’ve known Pinchas Zukerman since he was a teenager.”

― Zubin Mehta

“My father was a trained accountant, a BCom from Sydenham College and a self-taught violinist. In the 1920s, when he was in his teens, he heard a great violinist, Jascha Heifetz, and he was so inspired listening to him that he bought himself a violin, and with a little help from an Italian teacher, he learned to play it.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Though there is such a rich tradition of culture and arts, I have never been invited to perform at a concert in South India.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Indian hotels are doing well globally because they understand hospitality.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I have been to Kashmir many times, especially with my family, in the ’70s.”

― Zubin Mehta

“There are certainly talented instrumentalists coming from India. I see them performing all over the world.”

― Zubin Mehta

“The private sector is growing so incredibly in India, in every city you have industries for whom building a concert hall would be nothing financially. But they just don’t do it.”

― Zubin Mehta

“American musicians are very giving – they have the highest standard in the world – but they are also very demanding in their conditions.”

― Zubin Mehta

“I love the creativity of New York, but I don’t enjoy the city – I don’t like living here.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Critics do their job, and I take their criticism seriously.”

― Zubin Mehta

“The ‘New York Times’ reviews of my work have been evenly divided – favourable and unfavourable.”

― Zubin Mehta

“There is a school in Israel called Hand in Hand which I support. There Arab and Jewish students study together on a daily basis.”

― Zubin Mehta

“Most Arab Israelis speak Hebrew, but not the other way around. It’s about time that changed.”

― Zubin Mehta
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