GUSTAVO ADOLFO DUDAMEL RAMíREZ (born January 26, 1981) is a
Venezuelan conductor and violinist. He is the music director of the
Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar and the
Los Angeles Philharmonic .
* 1 Life and career
* 1.1 Early life
* 1.3 Music director,
Los Angeles Philharmonic
* 1.4 Awards and media
* 1.5 Personal life
* 2 Discography
* 3 References
* 4 External links
LIFE AND CAREER
Dudamel was born in
Venezuela , the son of a
trombonist and a voice teacher. He studied music from an early age,
becoming involved with
El Sistema , the famous Venezuelan musical
education program, and took up the violin at age ten. He soon began to
study composition . He attended the Jacinto Lara Conservatory, where
José Luis Jiménez was among his violin teachers. He then went on to
work with José Francisco del Castillo at the Latin-American Violin
Dudamel began to study conducting in 1995, first with Rodolfo
Saglimbeni , then later with
José Antonio Abreu . In 1999, he was
appointed music director of the
Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar ,
the national youth orchestra of Venezuela, and toured several
countries. He attended
Charles Dutoit 's master class in Buenos Aires
in 2002, and worked as assistant for
Simon Rattle in Berlin and
Salzburg in 2003.
Dudamel has won a number of conducting competitions, including the
Conducting Prize in Germany in 2004. His reputation
began to spread, attracting the attention of conductors such as Simon
Claudio Abbado , who accepted invitations to conduct the
Simón Bolívar Orchestra in Veneite. In April 2006 Dudamel was
appointed as principal conductor of the
Gothenburg Symphony for season
Dudamel made his debut at
La Scala ,
Milan , with
Don Giovanni in
November 2006. On September 10, 2007, he conducted the Vienna
Philharmonic for the first time at the
Lucerne Festival . On April 16,
2007 he conducted the
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra at the
Paul VI Audience Hall
Paul VI Audience Hall in a concert in commemoration of the
80th birthday of
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI , with
Hilary Hahn as solo
violinist, with the Pope and many other church dignitaries among the
In 2013 Dudamel conducted the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra during
the funeral of Venezuelan President
Hugo Chávez . Dudamel continues
to retain his position with the Simón Bolívar National Youth
In April 2014 Dudamel returned to conduct with Gothenburg Symphony
Orchestra , as its Honorary Conductor, for concerts in the
orchestra’s home city and on tour in France, Switzerland, and Italy.
In 2015 Dudamel conducted both the opening and end titles, at the
behest of famed movie composer John Williams, for the official motion
picture soundtrack and film of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force
In the 2016
Super Bowl , Dudamel and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles
Coldplay and sang along with Chris Martin, Beyoncé
and Bruno Mars.
On 1 January 2017, Dudamel conducted the
Vienna Philharmonic in their
traditional New Year\'s Day Concert . At the age of 35, he was the
youngest guest conductor for this event.
MUSIC DIRECTOR, LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
Dudamel made his US conducting debut with the Los Angeles
Philharmonic (LAP) at the
Hollywood Bowl on September 13, 2005 in a
program consisting of "La Noche de los Mayas" by Silvestre Revueltas
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5. Dudamel was subsequently invited
back to conduct the orchestra at
Walt Disney Concert Hall in January
2007 in performances of "Dances of Galánta" by
Zoltán Kodály , the
third piano concerto of
Sergei Rachmaninoff with
Yefim Bronfman as
Béla Bartók 's Concerto for Orchestra (the latter of
which was recorded live and subsequently released by Deutsche
In April 2007, during a guest conducting engagement with the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra , Dudamel was named the LAP's next music director
as of the 2009–2010 season, succeeding
Esa-Pekka Salonen . His
initial contract in Los Angeles was for five years, beginning in
Dudamel began his tenure as Music Director of the Los Angeles
Philharmonic on September 28, 2009 with a rehearsal of Beethoven's 9th
Symphony that included the Los Angeles Master Chorale and
representatives of eight community-based choruses. His first official
rehearsal with the orchestra followed on September 30. On October 3 he
conducted Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the
Hollywood Bowl in
"Bienvenido Gustavo," a free concert, and conducted his official
inaugural concert featuring the world premiere of John Adams ' City
Noir and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 with his new orchestra in Walt Disney
Concert Hall on October 8.
In February 2011, the orchestra announced the extension of Dudamel's
contract through the end of the 2018–2019 season, including the
orchestra's 100th anniversary. In March 2015, the orchestra announced
a further extension of his
Los Angeles Philharmonic contract through
the 2021–2022 season.
AWARDS AND MEDIA
Dudamel is featured in the documentary film Tocar y Luchar, which
El Sistema . Dudamel and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón
Bolívar received the WQXR Gramophone
Special Recognition Award in New
York City in November 2007. Another US television news feature on
Dudamel was on
60 Minutes in February 2008, entitled "Gustavo the
On July 23, 2009, Dudamel was selected by the Eighth Glenn Gould
José Antonio Abreu as winner of the prestigious The
City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize .
Dudamel is featured in the 2011 documentary "Let The Children Play,"
a film which focuses on his work advocating for music as a way to
enrich children's lives.
Gramophone , the British classical music magazine, named Dudamel its
2011 Gramophone Artist of the Year . Also in 2011, he was inducted
into the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In February 2012, Dudamel won
Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance, for his recording of
Brahms Symphony No. 4 for the label
Deutsche Grammophon . In 2013,
Dudamel was named Musical America’s Musician of the Year and was
inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame. The LAP's continued
commitment to innovation and new music under the direction of Dudamel
and Borda prompted New Yorker critic Alex Ross to name LAP “the most
creative, and, therefore, the best orchestra in America.” Dudamel
received the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the
Elevation of Music in Society from the Longy School in 2014 and the
Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award in 2016.
The character of Rodrigo in Amazon's
Mozart in the Jungle was based,
in part, on Dudamel. Rodrigo is also curly-haired, Latin American,
very young, and usually referred to only by his first name. In the
first episode of the show's second season, in which Rodrigo appears as
a guest conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel appears as
a guest actor, playing the part of a stage manager.
Dudamel and his ex-wife, Eloísa Maturén
Dudamel has been married twice. His first marriage, in 2006, was to
Eloísa Maturén in
Caracas . Maturén, also a Venezuelan native, is a
classically trained ballet dancer and a journalist. Their marriage
produced a son, Martín Dudamel Maturén, a U.S. citizen. In March
2015, Dudamel and Maturén filed papers for divorce. In March 2017,
Dudamel married the actress
María Valverde .
* Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 CD
* Birthday Concert for
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI Digital Download only
* Discoveries CD
* Live from Salzburg DVD
* Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Francesca da Rimini CD
* Celebración – Opening Night Concert Digital Download
City Noir (From the Inaugural Concert) Digital Download
* Rite CD
* Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 – Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 –
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 CD
Tchaikovsky DVD; Digital Download
* Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 Vinyl only (LP)
* Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" CD
* Discoveries CD+DVD; Digital Download
* Mahler: Symphony No. 8 DVD; Blu-ray; e-Video
* Mahler: Symphony No. 9 CD
* Mahler: Symphony No. 7. CD
* Wagner Digital Download
Philip Glass : Double Piano Concerto Only at iTunes
* New Year Concert CDs and Digital download.
* ^ Reed Johnson (23 November 2008). "Conductor Gustavo Dudamel
rides a wave of Dudamania". LA Times. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
* ^ Sue Steward (23 Feb 2006). "He\'s astonishingly gifted".
Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
* ^ "Dudamel förnyar kontrakt med Göteborgs Symfoniker till
2012". Göteborgs Symfoniker. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
* ^ Vivien Schweitzer (13 Apr 2006). "
Gustavo Dudamel Appointed
Principal Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony". Playbill Arts.
Retrieved August 16, 2007.
* ^ Nicole Winfield (16 Apr 2007). "Pope marks 80th birthday with
concert". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on October 6,
2008. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
* ^ Richard Morrison (15 Feb 2007). "True class: South America’s
lightning conductor". The Times. London. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
* ^ Mark Swed (15 September 2005). "He holds Bowl in palm of his
hands; Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel, 24, commands attention". Los
* ^ Mark Swed (April 8, 2007). "Maestro will pass baton to
up-and-comer in \'09". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
* ^ Matthew Westphal (April 8, 2007). "
Gustavo Dudamel to Succeed
Esa-Pekka Salonen at LA Philharmonic in 2009". Playbill Arts.
Retrieved September 2, 2007.
* ^ Daniel J. Wakin (April 9, 2007). "Maestro of Los Angeles
Philharmonic to Pass the Baton to a Wunderkind". New York Times.
Retrieved November 23, 2008.
* ^ David Ng (February 3, 2011). "
Gustavo Dudamel extends contract
with L.A. Philharmonic through 2018–19 season".
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times .
Retrieved June 25, 2012.
* ^ A B Jeffrey Fleishman; Mike Boehm; David Ng (March 27, 2015).
"Gustavo Dudamel\'s L.A. Phil deal reverberates across classical music
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times . Retrieved March 28, 2015.
* ^ "
Gustavo Dudamel Comes to the Big Screen / News / News / All
Things Strings". Stringsmagazine.com. 2011-06-09. Retrieved
* ^ Tilden, Imogen. "
Gustavo Dudamel named artist of the year at
Gramophone awards". The Guardian.
* ^ "Grammy Awards 2012: Gustavo Dudamel, L.A. Philharmonic win".
Los Angeles Times.
* ^ Boehm, Mike. "
Gustavo Dudamel named musician of the year by
Musical America". Los Angeles Times.
* ^ Ross, Alex (June 18, 2012). "Sacred Dissonance". The New
* ^ Ng, David (February 10, 2014). "\'Mozart in the Jungle\': Is
\'Rodrigo\' a parody of Gustavo Dudamel?". Los Angeles Times.
Retrieved July 10, 2017.
* ^ "LA Phil’s Gustavo Dudamel, Wife Welcome First Child". CBS
Los Angeles. CBS Local Media. 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
* ^ "
María Valverde se casa con el director de orquesta Gustavo
Dudamel". El País. 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
* Tunstall, Tricia, Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and
the Transformative Power of Music, New York: W.W. Norton
Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Directors
Walter Henry Rothwell (1919)
Georg Schnéevoigt (1927)
Artur Rodziński (1929)
Otto Klemperer (1933)
Alfred Wallenstein (1943)
Eduard van Beinum (1956)
Zubin Mehta (1962)
Carlo Maria Giulini (1978)
André Previn (1985)
Esa-Pekka Salonen (1992)
Gustavo Dudamel (2009)
Gothenburg Symphony Principal Conductors
* Heinrich Hammer (1905)
Wilhelm Stenhammar (1907)
Ture Rangström (1922)
Tor Mann (1925)
Issay Dobrowen (1941)
Dean Dixon (1953)
* Sten Frykberg (1960)
Sergiu Comissiona (1967)
Sixten Ehrling (1974)
Charles Dutoit (1976)
Neeme Järvi (1982)
Mario Venzago (2004)
Gustavo Dudamel (2007)
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