A veteran of 25 years with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she was known as much for her eccentricities as for her exceptional musicianship.
When the Bronx-born pianist Zita Carno auditioned for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1975, her talent shone as she played excerpts from the orchestra’s repertoire for music director Zubin Mehta.
She spent 25 years as the orchestra’s pianist, celebrated for her musical prowess and her expertise in jazz saxophonist John Coltrane’s work.
Zita Carno passed away on Dec. 7 at 88 in Tampa, Fla., leaving behind a legacy marked by eccentricities, such as her distinctive greetings, and her remarkable musical abilities, which included reading complex scores in real time.
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