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Gustavo Dudamel
Musical director

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Gustavo Dudamel has always been driven by the belief that music has the power to transform lives, to inspire, and to change the world. Through his dynamic presence on the podium and his tireless fight in arts education, Dudamel has introduced classical music to new audiences around the world and has helped to provide access to the arts for countless people in disadvantaged communities.
He has conducted over 30 operatic performances - staged, semi-staged, and concerto productions- on major international stages, including 5 at La Scala de Milan and 13 in Los Angeles with LA Phil and the LA Opera. His repertoire ranges from Così fan tutte to Carmen, from Otello to Tannhäuser and comprises West Side Story as well as contemporary operas by composers such as John Adams or Oliver Knussen. He made his Paris Opera debuts with La Bohème in 2017.
Since 2009, Gustavo Dudamel is the artistic and musical Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he has already conducted many creations of John Adams, Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner, Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina, Kaija Saariaho, Gabriela Ortiz, Arturo Márquez or Esteban Benzecry.
Inspired by El Sistema, the Los Angeles Philharmonic founded YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) in 2007 to extend the reach of its community mission. In the 2020/21 season, YOLA is planning to open its own facility: The Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood, designed by architect Frank Gehry.
Gustavo Dudamel has recorded many albums and DVDs, rewarded with three Grammy Awards including one in 2021, in the category “Best Orchestral Performance” for the recording of the complete Charles Ives symphonies
In 2009, he was inducted into the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres as a Chevalier. In 2019, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining Hollywood greats as well as such musical luminaries as Bernstein, Ellington, and Toscanini.
Gustavo Dudamel was born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He graduated from the El Sistema education program, a Venezuelan program encouraging social development through music. At the age of 18, he was appointed Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. In 2004, he won the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Competition and gained international fame and was nominated (2007-2012) music director of the Gothenburg Symphony. Gustavo Dudamel lives today in Los Angeles and Madrid and regards Venezuela, the States and Spain as his three homes – France will soon become a fourth one.

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