Find out more about the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, is invested in a tradition of the new, through a commitment to foundational works and adventurous explorations. Both at home and abroad, the Philharmonic is leading the way in ground-breaking programming. 2016/17 marks the LA Phil’s 98th season.
More than 250 concerts are either performed or presented by the Philharmonic each season at its two iconic venues: Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. During its 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil creates festivals, artist residencies, and other thematic programs designed to enhance the symphonic music experience and delve further into certain artists’ or composers’ work. The organization’s commitment to the music of our time is evident throughout the season programming, as well as in the exhilarating Green Umbrella series and the LA Phil’s extensive commissioning initiatives.
Since 2003, the LA Phil’s home has been the inimitable Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, which embodies the energy, imagination, and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and its orchestra. Praise for both the design and the acoustics of the Hall has been effusive.
The orchestra’s involvement with Los Angeles extends far beyond symphony concerts in a concert hall, with performances in schools, churches, and neighborhood centers of a vastly diverse community. Among its wide-ranging education initiatives is Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA). Inspired by Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema, the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to over 700 students from underserved neighborhoods. The orchestra also undertakes tours, both domestically and internationally, including regular visits with partners in New York, Paris and Tokyo among others. The Philharmonic has been an International Associate at London’s Barbican Centre since 2009. The orchestra’s very first tour was in 1921, and the Philharmonic has made annual tours beginning with the 1969/70 season.
Always inspired to expand its cultural offerings, the LA Phil each season produces concerts featuring distinguished artists in recital, jazz, world music, songbook, and visiting orchestra performances, in addition to special holiday concerts and series of chamber music, organ recitals, and Baroque music. Through an ongoing partnership with Deutsche Grammophon, the orchestra has a substantial catalog of concerts available online. In 2011, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel won a Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of the Brahms Symphony No. 4.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic was founded by William Andrews Clark, Jr., who established the city’s first permanent symphony orchestra in 1919. Walter Henry Rothwell became its first Music Director, serving until 1927; since then, ten renowned conductors have served in that capacity: Georg Schnéevoigt (1927-1929); Artur Rodzinski (1929-1933); Otto Klemperer (1933-1939); Alfred Wallenstein (1943- 1956); Eduard van Beinum (1956-1959); Zubin Mehta (1962-1978); Carlo Maria Giulini (1978-1984); André Previn (1985-1989); Esa-Pekka Salonen (1992-2009); and Gustavo Dudamel (2009-present).