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BIOGRAPHY

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV) was founded in 1975 by José Antonio Abreu and is the flagship orchestra of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela. Its 180 members, who have been named UNESCO artists for peace, have all studied as part of El Sistema’s orchestral training programme. They have also taken masterclasses with internationally renowned teachers and performed under famous conductors such as Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Krzysztof Penderecki, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Lorin Maazel.
During the last decade the SBSOV has toured internationally, winning praise from critics and audiences alike. They have appeared at the world’s major festivals, including the Salzburg Festival (in 2008, 2011 and 2013), the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the ‘Berlin in Lights’ Festival at Carnegie Hall and the Istanbul Music Festival. The orchestra’s tours have also taken them to some of the most prestigious concert halls and opera houses in Europe, Asia and the Americas, including the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, La Scala, Milan, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, as well as major concert halls in Oslo, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Athens, Granada, Madrid, Barcelona, Zurich, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Brazil, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal and Bogotá.
In 2013 the SBSOV recorded the soundtrack, composed by Gustavo Dudamel, for Alberto Arvelo’s film Libertador, followed by a South American tour to Santo Domingo, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Brasilia and Bogotá. In 2014 they performed in Paris, made their debut in the Middle East, with concerts in Oman and Abu Dhabi, and appeared as orchestra in residence and for joint concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the LA Phil’s Tchaikovsky Festival, in addition to recording extracts from Wagner’s Ring with Gustavo Dudamel. In 2015 the SBSOV toured to London, Brussels, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid and Paris and gave eight performances of La bohème at La Scala, where they were the first foreign orchestra to play opera. The orchestra also performed Antonio Estévez’s Cantata Criolla and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as part of an El Sistema residency at La Scala. In autumn 2015 the SBSOV participated in another residency in Los Angeles, presenting a cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies. In October 2016 the orchestra and Dudamel launch the Carnegie Hall season in New York with three programs. In March 2017 they perform entire Beethoven symphony cycles in Barcelona, Vienna and for the opening of Hamburg's new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.
The SBSOV and Gustavo Dudamel have released a number of recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, including Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies, the acclaimed CD Fiesta, featuring works by Latin American composers, and a disc of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Francesca da Rimini.

Current as of August 2016


 Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, © Nohely Oliveros

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, © Nohely Oliveros

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