27 March 2015
Gustavo Dudamel named LA Phil Music Director & Artistic Director, contract extended through 2021/22 season
Courtesy of DG
“Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Board Chair Diane B. Paul and President/Chief Executive Officer Deborah Borda today announced a contract extension for Gustavo Dudamel through the 2021/22 season. In recognition of Dudamel’s deepened commitment to the institution, Artistic Director is being added to his current title, making him Music Director & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, effective immediately.
His original contract as Music Director commenced in the 2009/10 season for a 5-year term and was extended in March 2011 to run through the 2018/19 centennial season. Today’s announcement was made from Tokyo during the orchestra’s first tour of Asia under Dudamel.
Dudamel observed, "It has been ten years now since my debut in Los Angeles with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and my love for both orchestra and city has grown in depth and in intensity over this decade. We have an unparalleled situation in the world of classical music today: great musicians, a strong community base, a healthy organization with amazing administrative leadership, a hugely supportive board, innovative and game-changing educational programs, two iconic venues, and a growing shared-history of musical performances. Conducting in the 'City of Angels' is a magical experience, and I owe so much to so many Angels and Angelenos. As I look to the future and how I want to focus my work, it's become clear that it is about a deepening of commitments to my two musical families - my beloved El Sistema, and this great orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic.”