Conductor Lorin Maazel dies at Va. home at 84

In this photo released by the New York Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel conducts the orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, Thursday, June 25, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/New York Philharmonic, Chris Lee)

CASTLETON, Va. (AP/WJLA) - Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel has died at his home in Virginia while preparing for the annual Castleton Festival. He was 84.

The festival says Maazel died Sunday at Castleton Farms in Rapphannock County from complications following pneumonia. The festival announced Maazel's death in a statement posted on its website and Maazel's website.

Maazel founded the festival, aimed at nurturing young musicians, with his wife, Dietlinde Turban Maazel, in 2009.

During opening night of the Castleton Festival on June 28, Maazel described working with the young musicians as "more than a labor of love--a labor of joy."

He had served as artistic director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, general manager of the Vienna State Opera, and music director of the Radio Symphony of Berlin, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic.

He also was a composer. His first opera, "1984," was based on George Orwell's novel.