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Internationally acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel continues to share his magnetic enthusiasm for music with audiences of all ages around the world. As he begins his fourteenth year as Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, in 2012, he enters his fourth season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and his sixth season with the Gothenburg Symphony. Armed with unparalleled passion, energy and artistic excellence, Dudamel is dedicated to leading these orchestras, as well as to increasing his commitment to opera.

Coming from a background where being involved in music from a young age was a life changing experience, Gustavo Dudamel is devoted to investing in classical music as an engine of social change. The message of his ongoing work in Venezuela through El Sistema, which influences hundreds of thousands of children each year, is being carried now into the United States through Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). This program for children targets underserved Los Angeles communities and continues to grow and expand under Dudamel’s leadership and that of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is also involved in advising on pilot programs in Gothenburg, Sweden and Raploch, Scotland.

Following a summer 2010 concert performance of Bizet’s Carmen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and semi-staged performances of Verdi’s La Traviata with the SBYO in Caracas, Gustavo Dudamel began his 2010-11 season in Gothenburg. A return Vienna Philharmonic engagement with a European tour culminated at New York’s Carnegie Hall on October 2 and 3. Dudamel’s Los Angeles Philharmonic season begins on October 7 with an Opening Night Gala Concert featuring guest artist Juan Diego Flórez, and is being telecast by PBS with international distribution. Dudamel then goes on to La Scala in October and November where he conducts nine staged performances of Bizet’s “Carmen.” An operatically themed series of Berlin Philharmonic concerts with soloist Elina Garanča culminates in a nationally televised New Year’s concert to end 2010. In January/February 2011, Dudamel leads the LA Phil on his first international tour as their Music Director with concerts in Lisbon, Madrid, Cologne, London, Paris, Budapest and Vienna. Other Dudamel conducting highlights of the LA Phil’s season include the “Brahms Unbound” Festival, a series of seven concerts pairing Brahms’s complete symphonic pieces with premieres and newly commisioned works, in addition to concerts with repertoire ranging from Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony to works by composers such as Górecki, Mackey, Schumann and Shostakovich. With the Gothenburg Symphony, highlights include a national tour of Sweden during April 2011, along with numerous performances in Gothenburg. Gustavo Dudamel continues to lead the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra this season for concerts and recordings in Caracas, Venezuela, as well as for an extensive South American tour.

Gustavo Dudamel has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2005. Dudamel and the SBYO’s latest recording, Rite, featuring Revueltas’s La noche de los Mayas and Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, was released in June 2010.

He is the recipient of many international prizes including the 2008 “Q prize” from Harvard and the 2009 Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in Paris.

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