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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: 15 facts about Classic FM's Orchestra in North West England
7. Award-winning conductor
In 1958 the Society instigated a competition for young conductors. The first winner was the young Indian conductor, Zubin Mehta. He was subsequently appointed assistant conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Mehta soon rose to the rank of chief conductor when he was made Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 1960, a post he held until 1967.