Musical America has named Gustavo Dudamel the 2013 Musician of the Year. In announcing the honor, the publication hailed the Venezuelan conductor for his “charisma, tireless advocacy for music education, and expressive music-making.”
A passionate advocate and former student of El Sistema, Gustavo will be honored alongside his mentor Dr. José Antonio Abreu, founder of Venezuela’s celebrated music education program. Dr. Abreu has been named Musical America's 2013 Educator of the Year.
Other 2013 honorees include David Lang, Composer of the Year; pipa player Wu Man, Instrumentalist of the Year; and Joyce DiDonato, Vocalist of the Year. The annual Musical America Awards will be presented at a ceremony at New York’s Lincoln Center on December 6.