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
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
4 Further reading
5 External links
Life and career
Dudamel was born in Barquisimeto, 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
Academy. Barrett Baker of Pace Academy coined his nickname, "Duda".
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
Rattle and 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, with
Hilary Hahn as solo
violinist, with the Pope and many other church dignitaries among the
In 2011 he starred in the documentary “Dudamel, El Sonido de los
Niños ” directed by the Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo.
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
Orchestra. 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
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 (YOLA)
Coldplay and sang along with Chris Martin, Beyoncé and
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 and the
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5. Dudamel was subsequently invited back
to conduct the orchestra at
Walt Disney Concert Hall
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 soloist,
and Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra (the latter of which was
recorded live and subsequently released by Deutsche Grammophon).
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 September
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.
Dudamel performed his opera prima "Libertador" orchestral film suite,
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles Philharmonic at the
Hollywood Bowl in the "Noche
de Cine" concert special, July 30, 2014. L.A.Times review this concert
as a night of Gustavos with the guitarist and Oscar-winning composer
Gustavo Santaolalla as special guest in an extended suite from his
music for "Motorcycle Diaries," one of six varied film and television
scores excerpted on the program.
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
covers 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
60 Minutes in February 2008, entitled "Gustavo the Great".
On July 23, 2009, Dudamel was selected by the Eighth Glenn Gould Prize
José Antonio Abreu
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
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 a
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
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 Spanish actress María Valverde.
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 [w / the Simón Bolívar Youth
Orchestra of Venezuela] CD
Birthday Concert for
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI [w /
Hilary Hahn & the
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart] DVD
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 [w / the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra [w / the Los Angeles Philharmonic]
Digital Download only
The Promise of Music [w / the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of
Fiesta [w / the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela] CD
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique [w / the Los Angeles Philharmonic]
Digital Download only
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Inaugural
Concert [w / the Los Angeles Philharmonic] DVD; e-Video
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (From the Inaugural Concert) [w / the Los
Angeles Philharmonic] Digital Download only
Discoveries [w / the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela] CD
Live from Salzburg [w / the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Francesca da Rimini [w / the Simón
Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela] CD
Celebración – Opening Night Concert & Gala [w/ Juan Diego
Flórez and the Los Angeles Philharmonic] DVD; Digital Download
City Noir (From the Inaugural Concert) [w/ the Los Angeles
Philharmonic] Digital Download only
Rite [w / the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela] CD
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 – Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 –
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 [w/ the
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra] CD
Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare [w/ the Simón Bolívar Symphony
Orchestra of Venezuela] CD
New Year's Eve Concert 2010 [w/ Elīna Garanča and the Berliner
Adams: Slonimsky's Earbox – Bernstein: Symphony No. 1 "Jeremiah" [w/
the Los Angeles Philharmonic] Digital Download only
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 [w/ the Los Angeles Philharmonic] Digital
An American in Paris [w/ the Los Angeles Philharmonic] e-Video only
Dances and Waves [w/ the Vienna Philharmonic] CD; DVD; Digital
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 [w/ the Vienna Philharmonic] Vinyl only
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" [w/ the Simón Bolívar Symphony
Orchestra of Venezuela] CD
Discoveries [w/ Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela,
Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gothenburg Symphony
Orchestra] CD+DVD; Digital Download
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 [w/
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón
Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela] DVD; Blu-ray; e-Video
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 [w/ Los Angeles Philharmonic] CD
Mahler: Symphony No. 7. [w/ Símon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of
Wagner [w/ Símon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela] Digital
Philip Glass: Double Piano Concerto [w/ Katia and Marielle
Labeque(Piano), Los Angeles Philharmonic] Only at iTunes
New Year Concert [w/
Vienna Philharmonic ] CDs and Digital download.
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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 Angeles
^ 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. Archived
from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved September 2,
^ 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.
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
world". 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 2013-03-25.
^ Tilden, Imogen. "
Gustavo Dudamel named artist of the year at
Gramophone awards". The Guardian.
^ "Grammy Awards 2012: Gustavo Dudamel, L.A. Philharmonic win". Los
^ 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,
^ "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 & Co. 2012
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Gustavo Dudamel on IMDb
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Directors
Walter Henry Rothwell
Walter Henry Rothwell (1919)
Georg Schnéevoigt (1927)
Artur Rodziński (1929)
Otto Klemperer (1933)
Alfred Wallenstein (1943)
Eduard van Beinum
Eduard van Beinum (1956)
Zubin Mehta (1962)
Carlo Maria Giulini
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)
Santtu-Matias Rouvali (2017)
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