Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo DudamelGustavo Dudamel is the Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony, and has for over a decade led the Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana Simón Bolivar (the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.)

He was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela in 1981, and first studied as a violinist, before taking up conducting. In May of 2004, he won the first “Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition,” which launched his international career.

Since then, he’s been in great demand as a guest conductor, traveled the world with his orchestras, won all kinds of prizes and honors, and recorded CDs for Deutsche Grammophon.

His tenure in Los Angeles began with a day-long, free musical celebration at the Hollywood Bowl in October of 2009, called ¡Bienvenido Gustavo! In the evening he conducted the L.A. Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and less than a week later inaugurated the Walt Disney Concert Hall with a John Adams world premiere, and a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.