Gustavo Dudamel is driven by the belief that music has the power to transform lives, to inspire, and to change the world. Through his dynamic presence on the podium and his tireless advocacy for arts education, Dudamel has introduced classical music to new audiences around the world and has helped to provide access to the arts for countless people in underserved communities. As the Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, now in his eleventh season, Dudamel’s bold programming and expansive vision led The New York Times to herald the LA Phil as “the most important orchestra in America – period.”
Dudamel receives invitations from many of the world’s greatest ensembles. In the 2019/20 season, he will lead the Berlin Philharmonic in four concerts for the 2020 Olympics celebrations in Tokyo and will also conduct the New York Philharmonic for a two-week residency at Lincoln Center. Together with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, he will tour a concert version of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio throughout Europe that will incorporate the famed Venezuelan “Manos Blancas” (white hands) choir. Finally, he will undertake an Italian tour with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, visiting some of Italy’s finest and most important performance venues.
Last season, Dudamel made his long-anticipated debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York conducting Verdi’s Otello, and he became the first Artist-in-Residence for the 125th season of Princeton University Concerts. This summer he led the Vienna Philharmonic for the spectacular 2019 Sommernachtskonzert at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, performing an American-inspired program for an audience of over 85,000, which was also broadcast to over 65 countries around the world.