Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel has died at the age of 84.

The musician passed away from complications following a bout with pneumonia on Sunday (13Jul14) in Castleton Farms, Virginia.

Maazel was best known for his work as the director of the Vienna State Opera in Austria, the Pittsburgh Symphony in Pennsylvania, the Munich Philharmonic in Germany and the New York Philharmonic.

He also composed his own operas starting with 1984, which was based on the George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

In 2009, he founded the Castleton Festival, which showcases new and established opera talent, with his wife, Dietlinde Turban Maazel.