The Los Angeles Philharmonic has this week announced luminary conductor Zubin Mehta as the orchestra’s new Conductor Emeritus.

The 82-year-old Indian-born Maestro served as Music Director of the ensemble from 1952 until 1978.

“From the earliest stages of my career, I have been proud to call Zubin Mehta a trusted mentor and friend …” current Music Director Gustavo Dudamel has said.

“To follow in his footsteps as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic is a true honor … his soul permeates the sound of the orchestra and his connection to the musicians is profound … this city and this orchestra would not be the same without him – and he is an inspiration to me,” he has said.