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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. 
Currently serving as Music Director of both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar 
Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, 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. This season he returns to the Berlin 
Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, Gothenburg Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, and to the 
Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna and Salzburg as well as on tour with them through Europe and Asia.
 
Adding to his musical legacy, Dudamel makes his first foray into composing for film with the major 
feature Libertador (the life of Simón Bolívar), for which he wrote the score and recorded it with the 
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The film and soundtrack are being released in 
early September 2014 worldwide and a Suite from Libertador is being premiered by the LA Phil at the 
Hollywood Bowl in July 2014.
 
Gustavo Dudamel is in his sixth season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where his 
contract has been extended through 2018-19, the orchestra’s 100th season. Under his leadership the 
Los Angeles Philharmonic has expanded its diversified outreach through many projects, most notably 
Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), influenced by Venezuela’s widely successful El Sistema. With 
YOLA and additional educational expansion in Los Angeles, Gustavo brings music to children in the 
underserved communities of Los Angeles, and also serves as an inspiration for similar efforts throughout 
the United States, as well as for programs in Sweden (Hammarkullen) and Scotland (Raploch). 
 
At the Los Angeles Philharmonic where he spends extensive periods in both the fall and spring, it is 
not only the breadth of the audience reached, but also the depth of the programming performed under 
Gustavo Dudamel that is remarkable. Programs at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2014-2015 continue 
to represent the best and the boldest, including eight world premieres and 10 commissions; Hollywood 
Bowl performances of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci; and a spring tour to China, Korea and Japan. 
 
Now in his 16th season as Music Director of the entire El Sistema project in Venezuela and ushering 
this institution into its 40th anniversary season, Dudamel continues to lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony 
Orchestra in his native Venezuela, as well as on tour around the globe. He begins 2015 with an 
eight-city European tour, and in summer 2015 brings the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra to La 
Scala performing La Bohème for the World Expo, as well as several concerts in the famed Italian 
opera house. His work in Venezuela serves as the cornerstone of his work with young people, and he 
steadfastly commits some twenty five weeks of his annual schedule to his work with the El Sistema 
orchestras and children, both in Caracas and around the country.
 
An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2005, Grammy winner Gustavo Dudamel has 
numerous recordings on the label. In spring 2014, the monumental and highly celebrated work by John 
Adams, Gospel According to the Other Mary, commissioned and played by the Los Angeles 
Philharmonic, was released. As part of a major Mahler recording project over the past few years, DG 
has released his Mahler 9 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mahler 7 and Mahler 5 with the Simón 
Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, as well as Dudamel: Mahler 8 - Symphony of a Thousand Live from 
Caracas (DVD + Blu-Ray), featuring the combined forces of the LA Phil and the Bolívars. September 
2013 saw the international release of an all-Strauss disc with the Berlin Philharmonic (CD), along with 
an LP of the Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 with the Vienna Philharmonic.
 
 Many video/DVD releases capture the excitement of important live concerts in Gustavo Dudamel’s 
musical life with the LA Phil, Bolívars, Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics. In June 2011, a 
documentary, Let the Children Play, featuring Dudamel, was shown in over 500 Fathom movie theaters 
nationwide. Gustavo Dudamel has been featured three times on CBS’s 60 Minutes and appeared on a 
2010 PBS special, Dudamel: Conducting a Life, with Tavis Smiley. He appeared on Sesame Street with 
Elmo in February 2012.
 
Gustavo Dudamel is one of the most decorated conductors of his generation. He received the 2014 
Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society from the Longy 
School, was named Musical America’s 2013 Musician of the Year, one of the highest honors in the 
classical music industry, and was voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame. In October of 2011, he 
was named Gramophone Artist of the Year, and in May of the same year, was inducted into the Royal 
Swedish Academy of Music in consideration of his “eminent merits in the musical art.” The previous 
year, he received the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. Dudamel was inducted into l’Ordre 
des Arts et des Lettres as a Chevalier in Paris in 2009, and received an honorary doctorate from the 
Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado in his hometown of Barquisimeto. He also received 
an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg in 2012. In 2008, the Simón Bolívar Youth 
Orchestra was awarded Spain’s prestigious annual Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts and, along 
with his mentor José Antonio Abreu, Dudamel was given the “Q Prize” from Harvard University for 
extraordinary service to children. 
 
Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2009, Gustavo Dudamel was born 
in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He began violin lessons as a child with José Luis Jiménez and 
Francisco Díaz at the Jacinto Lara Conservatory. He continued his violin studies with Rubén Cova 
and José Francisco del Castillo at the Latin American Academy of Violin. His conducting studies 
began in 1996 with Rodolfo Saglimbeni and, that same year, he was given his first conducting position, 
Music Director of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. In 1999, he was appointed Music Director of the 
Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and began conducting studies with the orchestra’s founder, Dr. Abreu; 
a few years later, in 2004, Dudamel was brought to international attention by winning the inaugural 
Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Competition. These early musical and mentoring experiences 
molded his commitment to music as an engine for social change – a lifelong passion. 
 
Access to music for all has been the cornerstone of Gustavo’s philosophy both professionally 
and philanthropically. He has now further expanded this commitment via The Gustavo Dudamel 
Foundation, the goal of which is to expand opportunities to experience music for as many children and 
communities as possible – the mission by which Gustavo Dudamel lives.
 

Updated June 2014

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