Conductor Zubin Mehta Gets Presidential Award From Shimon Peres for Contributions to Israeli Culture

Peres, a Nobel peace laureate, praised the philharmonic's director for his message of peace.

Israel's president has recognized Indian-born conductor Zubin Mehta for his contributions to Israeli society.

Mehta, music director for life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, on Monday received Israel's Presidential Medal of Distinction. Other winners have included Henry Kissinger.

Mehta has been the philharmonic's director since 1977. He was also the longest-serving...