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. He currently serves as Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and the impact of his musical leadership is felt internationally. While his commitment to these posts accounts for the major portion of his yearly schedule, Dudamel also guest conducts with some of the world’s greatest musical institutions, including the Vienna Philharmonic, which he returns to lead in Vienna and on tour. This season, opera features prominently in his schedule with an August performance of La bohème at Teatro alla Scala with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, followed by a return to the Berlin State Opera for a new Marriage of Figaro production, and an April 2016 Vienna State Opera debut conducting a new production of Turandot.
Now in his seventh season as Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel’s contract has been extended through the 2021/2022 season. Under his leadership the Los Angeles Philharmonic has expanded its diversified outreach through many notable projects, including Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), influenced by Venezuela’s widely successful El Sistema. With YOLA, Gustavo brings music to children in the underserved communities of Los Angeles, and also serves as an inspiration for similar efforts throughout the U.S. and in Europe. In his 17th season as Music Director of the entire El Sistema project in Venezuela, he continues to lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela as well as on tour.
A Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2005, Grammy-winner Gustavo Dudamel has numerous recordings on the label, as well as many video/DVD releases that capture the excitement of significant moments of his musical life. Recently, he independently produced an all-Wagner recording with the Bolívars exclusively for digital download.
He is one of the most decorated conductors of his generation; recent distinctions include the 2014 Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society from the Longy School, Musical America’s 2013 Musician of the Year and induction into Gramophone Hall of Fame, Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT in 2010, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people, and the 2008 “Q” Prize from Harvard, along with several honorary doctorates.
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