Biography - Gustavo Dudamel


Gustavo Dudamel is 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 advocacy for 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 underserved communities.

Dudamel’s 2019/20 season will see him enter his second decade as the Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where his bold programming and expansive vision led The New York Times to herald the LA Phil as “the most important orchestra in America — period.” Other highlights of the season include leading the Berlin Philharmonic in four concerts for the 2020 Olympics celebrations in Tokyo, conducting the New York Philharmonic for a two-week residency at Lincoln Center, touring a concert version of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio throughout Europe with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which will incorporate the famed Venezuelan “Manos Blancas” choir, and an Italian tour with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

A lifelong advocate for music education and social development through art, Dudamel himself was shaped by his childhood experience with El Sistema, the extraordinary program and philosophy initiated in 1975 by Maestro José Antonio Abreu. Inspired by El Sistema, Dudamel, the L.A. Phil and its community partners founded YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) in 2007 which now serves more than 1,200 musicians providing young people with free instruments, intensive music instruction, academic support, and leadership training. In 2020, YOLA will have its own permanent, purpose-built facility at Inglewood, designed by architect Frank Gehry.

In recognition of Dudamel’s advocacy for the proliferation of the arts in the Americas, in 2019, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received the Distinguished Artist Award from the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA). He was awarded with the Gish Prize, The PAEZ Medal of Art, the Pablo Neruda Order of Artistic and Cultural Merit in 2018. In 2017, he led the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in the Nobel Prize Concert in Sweden where he also delivered a lecture on the unity of the arts and sciences. Dudamel was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2009.

Dudamel has reached mainstream audiences and achieved name recognition far beyond the classical concert hall. He will conduct Bernstein’s iconic score for Steven Spielberg’s 2020 adaptation of West Side Story. At John Williams’ personal request, he guest conducted the opening and closing credits of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and performed with the LA Phil at the 2019 Academy Awards. A bona fide pop culture persona, Dudamel has had cameos in Amazon Studio’s award-winning comedy series Mozart in the Jungle, The Simpsons, and Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, for which he also recorded the score. He was the first classical musician to participate in the Super Bowl Half Time Show in 2016, leading members of YOLA alongside pop stars Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars. Dudamel has been featured several times on CBS’ 60 Minutes, profiled on PBS, and interviewed by Christiane Amanpour on CNN, Conan O’Brian on Conan, Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, and Elmo on Sesame Street.

Inspired by Dudamel’s early musical and mentoring experiences, the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation, a registered charity, was created in 2012 with the goal of promoting access to music as a human right and a catalyst for learning, integration, and social change.

For more information about Gustavo Dudamel, visit his official website: and Gustavo Dudamel Foundation at


Management:  Mark Newbanks, Fidelio Arts Limited, London                                  

Public Relations: Andrew Ousley, Unison Media


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