Classical music’s game changer

Classical music's game changer.

ZARIN Mehta was born into a family of musicians but decided to run orchestras rather than play in them. 'I absolutely adore music,' says Mumbai-born Mehta, who has been executive director of the New York Philharmonic since 2000.

He will be in Singapore from June 8 for the inaugural Live! Singapore forum, a four-day opportunity for players in the global music industry to meet, exchange ideas and network.

The arts trade show is timely for Mehta, who has no doubt that Asia is the next big thing for symphony orchestras who want to travel. 'It's an extraordinary, growing market. Many years ago, Japan became a major world player in classical music. Now China and Korea are growing in leaps and bounds, creating orchestras and halls,' he says.

But he admits it is tough for orchestras. 'There will always be a gap between ticket income and the cost of producing the performance.'

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