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BIOGRAPHY

Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel is defined by his untiring advocacy of access to music for all. As a symphonic and operatic conductor, his music-making on four continents continues to inspire audiences of all ages. In addition to serving as music director of both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, which comprises the majority of his yearly schedule, Gustavo Dudamel also appears as a guest at leading international opera houses and with the world’s major orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, whom he conducted in April 2016 in Vienna and on tour. Following La bohème with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra as part of the Expo at La Scala, Milan in August 2015, his operatic engagements during the 2015/16 season have included a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Berlin State Opera and his Vienna State Opera debut, conducting a new production of Turandot. In 2017 he is the youngest-ever conductor to lead the Vienna Philharmonic’s famous New Year’s Day Concert and tours Europe with the Berlin Philharmonic.
Gustavo Dudamel is now in his seventh season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and his contract has been extended until 2021/22. Under his leadership, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has expanded its activities through numerous notable projects, including Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), which follows the model of Venezuela’s widely successful El Sistema. With YOLA, Gustavo Dudamel brings music to children in the underserved communities of Los Angeles, and it also serves as an inspiration for similar efforts throughout the USA and in Europe. During his 18th season as music director of the entire El Sistema project, he continues to lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, as well as on tour around the globe. In October 2016 Dudamel and the Bolívars launch the Carnegie Hall season in New York with three programs, and in March 2017 they perform entire Beethoven symphony cycles in Barcelona, Vienna and for the opening of Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.  
An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2005, Grammy winner Gustavo Dudamel has made several recordings for the label, including works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Strauss and Mahler, as well the soundtrack he composed for the film Libertador (about the life of Simón Bolívar). Numerous DVD releases have captured significant moments in Gustavo Dudamel’s musical life. One of the most decorated conductors of his generation, his recent distinctions include the 2016 Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award, the 2014 Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society from the Longy School, the 2013 Musician of the Year from Musical America and his induction into Gramophone Hall of Fame, the 2010 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2009, becoming one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people and the 2008 Q Prize from Harvard, along with several honorary doctorates.
Access to music for all has been the cornerstone of Gustavo Dudamel’s philosophy both professionally and philanthropically, and he has expanded his commitment to this cause through the Gustav Dudamel Foundation. 

Current as of August 2016

Gustavo Dudamel, © Gerardo Gómez (w/SBSOV)

Gustavo Dudamel, © Gerardo Gómez (w/SBSOV)

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