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Birthname: Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel Ram
Nationality: Venezuelan
Born: Jan 26 1981


Biography

GUSTAVO DUDAMEL – A BIOGRAPHICAL TIMELINE
“When Dudamel is up on the podium, he truly is ‘inside’ the music. It courses in his veins, mixing with his blood.”
Los Angeles Times, January 2010
Born on 26 January 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel was ten when he took up the violin, and soon was also studying composition. In 1996, he began his conducting studies with Rodolfo Saglimbeni and during the same year was named music director of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. In 1999, he continued his conducting studies with José Antonio Abreu and was appointed music director of the Simón ... Read more

GUSTAVO DUDAMEL – A BIOGRAPHICAL TIMELINE
“When Dudamel is up on the podium, he truly is ‘inside’ the music. It courses in his veins, mixing with his blood.”
Los Angeles Times, January 2010
Born on 26 January 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel was ten when he took up the violin, and soon was also studying composition. In 1996, he began his conducting studies with Rodolfo Saglimbeni and during the same year was named music director of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. In 1999, he continued his conducting studies with José Antonio Abreu and was appointed music director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (SBYOV), an ensemble founded by Abreu that is widely recognized for its role in transforming the lives of tens of thousands of impoverished youths. Gustavo Dudamel is also in great demand as a guest conductor and has worked with the world’s most renowned orchestras and musicians. He is currently principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Los Angeles Philhar¬monic and the SBYOV.
2000 With the SBYOV he undertakes a much-acclaimed tour of Germany that includes a concert at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Dudamel is appointed music director of the Youth Orchestra of the Andean Countries and principal conductor of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas
2002 Finalist in the inaugural Maazel/Vilar Conductors’ Competition
2004 Wins the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition; deputizes for Frans Brüggen with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra at the Beethovenfest, Bonn; conducts Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Caracas; Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado accept Dudamel’s invitation to visit Venezuela and conduct his orchestra
2005 Conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of the International Conductors’ Academy; wildly acclaimed concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; BBC Proms debut conducting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. He undertakes another tour of Germany with the SBYOV. Other European debuts this year include Rome’s Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and his US debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gustavo Dudamel signs an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon
2006 Debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala among others. Tour of Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, tour of Italy with the SBYOV, and an appearance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival. Opera engagements include Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Berlin Staatsoper and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at La Scala. His first DG release, Beethoven’s Symphonies nos. 5 & 7 with the SBYOV, brings Dudamel an Echo Award in the category “New Artist of the Year 2007”. In April, Gustavo Dudamel is appointed principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, starting in 2007/08
2007 Engagements include concerts with the LA Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Berlin Staatskapelle and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. Debut appearances include the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Wiener Philharmoniker. A highly acclaimed concert tour with the SBYOV includes appearances at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein and Lucerne festivals. Honouring their first tour of North America, New York Magazine proclaims Dudamel’s debut in the Carnegie Hall with the SBYOV as “Best Performance of the Year” at its Culture Awards 2007. A special highlight is his appearance with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra at a birthday concert for the Pope at the Vatican (available on DVD). He receives great acclaim for his recordings of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony with the SBYOV, which was chosen as the only classical album on iTunes’ Next Big Thing, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra with the LA Philharmonic (the latter as digital download only). Dudamel is awarded the Premio de la Latindad for outstanding contributions to Latin cultural life; he also receives the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Young Artists
2008 Dudamel and the SBYOV make their debut with a residency at the Salzburg Festival, return to the Lucerne Festival as part of an extensive tour of Europe, and make their debut Asian tour in December. Dudamel conducts numerous concerts with the Gothenburg Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and Philhar¬monia Orchestra, among others. In June he makes his first appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Berlin Waldbühne. He conducts Puccini’s La Bohème at Berlin’s Staatsoper and at La Scala in Milan. Releases: a highly acclaimed compilation of Latin-American showpieces, entitled Fiesta, recorded live in Caracas with the SBYOV; Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with the LA Philharmonic is available for download only. The Promise of Music, a full-length documentary film about Gustavo Dudamel and the SBYOV, is issued on DVD. The Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra is granted Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts; along with his mentor Dr. Abreu, he is awarded the Q Prize from Harvard University for extraordinary service to children
2009 The year begins with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the Staatskapelle Berlin and continues with concerts with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia and Cologne Gürzenich orchestras as well as the Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Philharmoniker (Salzburg Festival); he appears with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra throughout the year (including tours) and also tours with the SBYOV to the USA, London, Spain, Lisbon, Vienna, Milan, Paris and Toronto. In March, he conducts Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Berlin Staatsoper and in May, he makes his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Further concerts in Gothenburg, and Dudamel begins his tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the autumn with sensationally successful concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Disney Hall. His releases this year with the SBYOV feature Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 and Francesca da Rimini (CD and download) and their 2008 Salzburg Festival concert with Martha Argerich and the Capuçon brothers (DVD), both issued in the spring; in the autumn his inaugural Disney Hall concert as LA Philharmonic music director is released on DVD and for download
2010 This year brings concerts with his Gothenburg orchestra at home and at the Festival de Canarias, with his Los Angeles orchestra at home and on an extensive US tour, and with the Wiener Philharmoniker (including the Lucerne Festival) and SBYOV. For release this year: Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps and Revueltas’s La noche de los Mayas with the SBYOV
2/2010

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

GUSTAVO DUDAMEL – A BIOGRAPHICAL TIMELINE
“When Dudamel is up on the podium, he truly is ‘inside’ the music. It courses in his veins, mixing with his blood.”
Los Angeles Times, January 2010
Born on 26 January 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel was ten when he took up the violin, and soon was also studying composition. In 1996, he began his conducting studies with Rodolfo Saglimbeni and during the same year was named music director of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. In 1999, he continued his conducting studies with José Antonio Abreu and was appointed music director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (SBYOV), an ensemble founded by Abreu that is widely recognized for its role in transforming the lives of tens of thousands of impoverished youths. Gustavo Dudamel is also in great demand as a guest conductor and has worked with the world’s most renowned orchestras and musicians. He is currently principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Los Angeles Philhar¬monic and the SBYOV.
2000 With the SBYOV he undertakes a much-acclaimed tour of Germany that includes a concert at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Dudamel is appointed music director of the Youth Orchestra of the Andean Countries and principal conductor of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas
2002 Finalist in the inaugural Maazel/Vilar Conductors’ Competition
2004 Wins the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition; deputizes for Frans Brüggen with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra at the Beethovenfest, Bonn; conducts Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Caracas; Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado accept Dudamel’s invitation to visit Venezuela and conduct his orchestra
2005 Conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of the International Conductors’ Academy; wildly acclaimed concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; BBC Proms debut conducting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. He undertakes another tour of Germany with the SBYOV. Other European debuts this year include Rome’s Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and his US debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gustavo Dudamel signs an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon
2006 Debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala among others. Tour of Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, tour of Italy with the SBYOV, and an appearance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival. Opera engagements include Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Berlin Staatsoper and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at La Scala. His first DG release, Beethoven’s Symphonies nos. 5 & 7 with the SBYOV, brings Dudamel an Echo Award in the category “New Artist of the Year 2007”. In April, Gustavo Dudamel is appointed principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, starting in 2007/08
2007 Engagements include concerts with the LA Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Berlin Staatskapelle and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. Debut appearances include the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Wiener Philharmoniker. A highly acclaimed concert tour with the SBYOV includes appearances at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein and Lucerne festivals. Honouring their first tour of North America, New York Magazine proclaims Dudamel’s debut in the Carnegie Hall with the SBYOV as “Best Performance of the Year” at its Culture Awards 2007. A special highlight is his appearance with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra at a birthday concert for the Pope at the Vatican (available on DVD). He receives great acclaim for his recordings of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony with the SBYOV, which was chosen as the only classical album on iTunes’ Next Big Thing, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra with the LA Philharmonic (the latter as digital download only). Dudamel is awarded the Premio de la Latindad for outstanding contributions to Latin cultural life; he also receives the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Young Artists
2008 Dudamel and the SBYOV make their debut with a residency at the Salzburg Festival, return to the Lucerne Festival as part of an extensive tour of Europe, and make their debut Asian tour in December. Dudamel conducts numerous concerts with the Gothenburg Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and Philhar¬monia Orchestra, among others. In June he makes his first appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Berlin Waldbühne. He conducts Puccini’s La Bohème at Berlin’s Staatsoper and at La Scala in Milan. Releases: a highly acclaimed compilation of Latin-American showpieces, entitled Fiesta, recorded live in Caracas with the SBYOV; Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with the LA Philharmonic is available for download only. The Promise of Music, a full-length documentary film about Gustavo Dudamel and the SBYOV, is issued on DVD. The Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra is granted Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts; along with his mentor Dr. Abreu, he is awarded the Q Prize from Harvard University for extraordinary service to children
2009 The year begins with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the Staatskapelle Berlin and continues with concerts with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia and Cologne Gürzenich orchestras as well as the Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Philharmoniker (Salzburg Festival); he appears with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra throughout the year (including tours) and also tours with the SBYOV to the USA, London, Spain, Lisbon, Vienna, Milan, Paris and Toronto. In March, he conducts Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Berlin Staatsoper and in May, he makes his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Further concerts in Gothenburg, and Dudamel begins his tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the autumn with sensationally successful concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Disney Hall. His releases this year with the SBYOV feature Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 and Francesca da Rimini (CD and download) and their 2008 Salzburg Festival concert with Martha Argerich and the Capuçon brothers (DVD), both issued in the spring; in the autumn his inaugural Disney Hall concert as LA Philharmonic music director is released on DVD and for download
2010 This year brings concerts with his Gothenburg orchestra at home and at the Festival de Canarias, with his Los Angeles orchestra at home and on an extensive US tour, and with the Wiener Philharmoniker (including the Lucerne Festival) and SBYOV. For release this year: Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps and Revueltas’s La noche de los Mayas with the SBYOV
2/2010

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

GUSTAVO DUDAMEL – A BIOGRAPHICAL TIMELINE
“When Dudamel is up on the podium, he truly is ‘inside’ the music. It courses in his veins, mixing with his blood.”
Los Angeles Times, January 2010
Born on 26 January 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel was ten when he took up the violin, and soon was also studying composition. In 1996, he began his conducting studies with Rodolfo Saglimbeni and during the same year was named music director of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. In 1999, he continued his conducting studies with José Antonio Abreu and was appointed music director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (SBYOV), an ensemble founded by Abreu that is widely recognized for its role in transforming the lives of tens of thousands of impoverished youths. Gustavo Dudamel is also in great demand as a guest conductor and has worked with the world’s most renowned orchestras and musicians. He is currently principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Los Angeles Philhar¬monic and the SBYOV.
2000 With the SBYOV he undertakes a much-acclaimed tour of Germany that includes a concert at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Dudamel is appointed music director of the Youth Orchestra of the Andean Countries and principal conductor of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas
2002 Finalist in the inaugural Maazel/Vilar Conductors’ Competition
2004 Wins the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition; deputizes for Frans Brüggen with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra at the Beethovenfest, Bonn; conducts Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Caracas; Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado accept Dudamel’s invitation to visit Venezuela and conduct his orchestra
2005 Conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of the International Conductors’ Academy; wildly acclaimed concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; BBC Proms debut conducting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. He undertakes another tour of Germany with the SBYOV. Other European debuts this year include Rome’s Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and his US debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gustavo Dudamel signs an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon
2006 Debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala among others. Tour of Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, tour of Italy with the SBYOV, and an appearance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival. Opera engagements include Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Berlin Staatsoper and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at La Scala. His first DG release, Beethoven’s Symphonies nos. 5 & 7 with the SBYOV, brings Dudamel an Echo Award in the category “New Artist of the Year 2007”. In April, Gustavo Dudamel is appointed principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, starting in 2007/08
2007 Engagements include concerts with the LA Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Berlin Staatskapelle and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. Debut appearances include the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Wiener Philharmoniker. A highly acclaimed concert tour with the SBYOV includes appearances at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein and Lucerne festivals. Honouring their first tour of North America, New York Magazine proclaims Dudamel’s debut in the Carnegie Hall with the SBYOV as “Best Performance of the Year” at its Culture Awards 2007. A special highlight is his appearance with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra at a birthday concert for the Pope at the Vatican (available on DVD). He receives great acclaim for his recordings of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony with the SBYOV, which was chosen as the only classical album on iTunes’ Next Big Thing, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra with the LA Philharmonic (the latter as digital download only). Dudamel is awarded the Premio de la Latindad for outstanding contributions to Latin cultural life; he also receives the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Young Artists
2008 Dudamel and the SBYOV make their debut with a residency at the Salzburg Festival, return to the Lucerne Festival as part of an extensive tour of Europe, and make their debut Asian tour in December. Dudamel conducts numerous concerts with the Gothenburg Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and Philhar¬monia Orchestra, among others. In June he makes his first appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Berlin Waldbühne. He conducts Puccini’s La Bohème at Berlin’s Staatsoper and at La Scala in Milan. Releases: a highly acclaimed compilation of Latin-American showpieces, entitled Fiesta, recorded live in Caracas with the SBYOV; Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with the LA Philharmonic is available for download only. The Promise of Music, a full-length documentary film about Gustavo Dudamel and the SBYOV, is issued on DVD. The Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra is granted Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts; along with his mentor Dr. Abreu, he is awarded the Q Prize from Harvard University for extraordinary service to children
2009 The year begins with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the Staatskapelle Berlin and continues with concerts with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia and Cologne Gürzenich orchestras as well as the Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Philharmoniker (Salzburg Festival); he appears with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra throughout the year (including tours) and also tours with the SBYOV to the USA, London, Spain, Lisbon, Vienna, Milan, Paris and Toronto. In March, he conducts Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Berlin Staatsoper and in May, he makes his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Further concerts in Gothenburg, and Dudamel begins his tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the autumn with sensationally successful concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Disney Hall. His releases this year with the SBYOV feature Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 and Francesca da Rimini (CD and download) and their 2008 Salzburg Festival concert with Martha Argerich and the Capuçon brothers (DVD), both issued in the spring; in the autumn his inaugural Disney Hall concert as LA Philharmonic music director is released on DVD and for download
2010 This year brings concerts with his Gothenburg orchestra at home and at the Festival de Canarias, with his Los Angeles orchestra at home and on an extensive US tour, and with the Wiener Philharmoniker (including the Lucerne Festival) and SBYOV. For release this year: Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps and Revueltas’s La noche de los Mayas with the SBYOV
2/2010

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