However Maazel, 84, appears to have taken his recent health difficulties as a wake-up call, and today announced his resignation from another current post; effective immediately, he is withdrawing from the music directorship of the Munich Philharmonic, and suspending many of his planned activities for the 2014-15 season.
“I would like to thank the literally millions of fans who have, upon hearing of some of my health difficulties I have experienced recently, redoubled requests of my services as conductor, such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, London’s Philharmonia et al,” he said today in a statement.
“I believe I have always acted as a responsible professional person,” he continued, “and have been encouraged by my doctors that I should be fit as a conductor to take up my duties starting the Season following 2014/15, which does not exclude occasional appearances along the way.
“The same sense of responsibility prevents me from officially accepting any appearances as a conductor until then.
“That means that with a heavy heart I am obliged to give up my position as Music Director of one of the finest orchestras in the world, the Munich Philharmonic, in my third and last season, 2014/15.”
Maazel is scheduled to conduct “Madame Butterfly” at Castleton on June 28th, the festival’s official opening night.