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Gustavo Dudamel

Music Director Designate

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Gustavo Dudamel

GUSTAVO DUDAMEL’s remarkable artistry and his unique ability to communicate and become one with an orchestra are only a few of the characteristics that establish him as one of today’s leading figures in the music world. Currently the Music Director of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, he becomes the Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2009/10, and enters his tenth year as Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.
Summer 2008 brought Dudamel to his Berliner Philharmoniker debut, the Filarmonica della Scala, and the Gothenburg Symphony. He toured Europe with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra with performances in Helsinki, Salzburg, Lucerne, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Baden-Baden. In August 2008, Dudamel brought the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to concerts at London’s BBC Proms, the Festpiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Wiesbaden Kurhaus, Aldeburgh, and the Edinburgh Music Festival.
Dudamel’s 2008/09 season opened in October with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra tour of Europe, including performances in Cologne, Essen, Luxembourg, Munich, Vienna, Barcelona, Valencia, San Sebastian, and Valladolid. In November 2008, he toured the U.S. with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing it to New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washingon DC, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. This was followed by subscription concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. December brings Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra on a debut Asian tour to Japan, China, and Korea. Additional appearances this season are with Staatskapelle Berlin, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and a return engagement with the Berliner Philharmoniker, among others.
Gustavo Dudamel has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2005. His debut recording, Beethoven 5&7 with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, was released worldwide in September 2006, and he has received the 2007 Echo Award (Germany) for “New Artist of the Year.” His second recording with the Orchestra, Mahler 5, was released in May 2007, and was chosen as the only classical album on iTunes’ “Next Big Thing.” His third album with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, Fiesta, was released in May.
News of Gustavo Dudamel’s talent spread worldwide after his triumph at the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in May 2004. Born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, he studied violin at the Jacinto Lara Conservatory with José Luis Jiménez and later, with José Francisco del Castillo, at the Latin American Academy of Violin. In 1996, he began his conducting studies with Rodolfo Saglimbeni and during the same year was named Music Director of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. In 1999, along with assuming the Music Director position of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, he began conducting studies with José Antonio Abreu, the Orchestra’s founder. In May 2007, Dudamel was awarded the Premio de la Latinidad by the Unión Latina, an honor, given for outstanding contributions to Latin cultural life, which is presented by the 37 Latin American and African member states of the Unión Latina organization. In 2008 the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra was granted Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts.
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