Zarin Mehta

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Zarin Mehta

Born (1938-10-28) October 28, 1938 (age 80)
CitizenshipCanada arrived 1962, naturalized 1969
OccupationPerforming arts administrator
EmployerGreen Music Center at Sonoma State University, California
Salary$1 million (2008-9 season)[1]
TitleExecutive Director
Board member ofBarenboim-Said Foundation, treasurer
WNYC Radio
Advisory Council, Mehli Mehta Foundation (with Zubin)[2]
Spouse(s)Carmen Lasky (m. 1966)
Parent(s)Mehli Mehta
Tehmina Daruvala
RelativesZubin Mehta (brother)
AwardsBravo award, Dominican Republic, 1996
Arts Entrepreneurship award, Columbia College, 1997
Dushkin award, Music Institute of Chicago, 1998.

Zarin Mehta (born October 28, 1938) is the former president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (2000-2012).

Pre-music career[edit]

Mehta is a chartered accountant. During his career at the public accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand (1962-1981) in Montreal, he rose to partner. He was an accountant at Frederic B. Smart & Co., in London (1957-1962).[3]

Montreal Symphony Orchestra (1981–1990)[edit]

Mehta was managing director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1981-1990.

Ravinia Festival (1990–2000)[edit]

Mehta was named executive director of the Ravinia Festival in 1990 and later became president and CEO. During his 10-year tenure he pioneered the jazz festival within Ravinia and a world music series.[5]

New York Philharmonic (2000–2012)[edit]

Mehta was appointed New York Philharmonic executive director in September 2000 and received the additional role of president in June 2004.[4] He was instrumental in securing the logistics for the 2008 New York Philharmonic visit to North Korea.[6]

On September 27, 2010 Mehta announced he would step down as president and chief executive of the New York Philharmonic when his contract expires after the 2011-2012 season, after having spent 12 years at the Philharmonic.[7]

Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (2013–2017)[edit]

Mehta was named co-executive director of the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University in October 2013. Both artist Lang Lang and benefactor Sandy Weill were instrumental in his appointment.[8][9][10] President of the university, Judy K. Sakaki, announced in December 2016 that as part of a plan to restructure Green Music Center management, a single executive director will be hired to fulfill the duties of both Mehta and the interim co-executive director, Stan Nosek.[11][12]

Mehta's total pay and benefits during 2015 was $625,339.56.[13] In 2015, Mehta was identified as the highest earning employee of the California State University system.[14]


He is the brother of Zubin Mehta and son of the late Mehli Mehta, founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. He is married to Canadian soprano Carmen Lasky, who was previously married to his brother Zubin.



  1. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. (July 17, 2010). "Philharmonic Paid Maazel $3.3 Million in Last Year". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  2. ^ "Advisory Council, Trustees & committees". Mehli Mehta Foundation. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  3. ^ a b "Zarin Mehta". The Complete Marquis Who's Who (Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Marquis Who's Who. 2010. Gale Document Number: GALE|K2020065705. Retrieved 6 Sep 2011. Gale Biography In Context.
  4. ^ a b "New York Philharmonic: President and Executive Director Zarin Mehta". Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  5. ^ Ravinia Festival: About Us - History of Ravinia
  6. ^ Demick, Barbara (February 27, 2008). "North Korea concert is a logistical feat". LA Times.
  7. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. (September 27, 2010). "New York Philharmonic Executive to Step Down". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  8. ^ Wasp, Jean (October 31, 2013). "Zarin Mehta Joins Green Music Center to Set Artistic Vision". Sonoma State University News Center. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  9. ^ Peterson, Diane (October 30, 2013). "Zarin Mehta, former president of New York Philharmonic, joins SSU's Green Music Center". The Press Democrat. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (October 30, 2013). "Zarin Mehta Is to Oversee a California Concert Hall". New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Search on for new GMC executive director". Sonoma State Star - The university's student-run newspaper. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
  12. ^ "Henry Hansel named chairman of Green Music Center board, replacing Sandy Weill". Santa Rosa Press Democrat. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
  13. ^ "Salary information for Zarin Mehta". Transparent California. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
  14. ^ "CSU system continues to swell from administrative bloat". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2017-03-27.