Eduardo Mata

con-eduardo-mata-150Mexican conductor Eduardo Mata studied composition with Carlos Chávez; when he was 22, he went to Tanglewood to study conducting with Max Rudolf and Erich Leinsdorf, and composition with Gunther Schuller. After serving as the principal conductor of the Phoenix Symphony for six years, he became the conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for more than 15.

Mata maintained a long relationship with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) or National Autonomous University of Mexico; while still in his twenties, he had been head of the music department there, and conducted its orchestra. He recorded with the UNAM orchestra later, as well as the Dallas Symphony, and London Symphony Orchestra, among many many others.

Mata died in January of 1995; he was piloting a small plane on his way to Dallas from Mexico, when it developed engine trouble, and crashed, killing Mata and his passenger.