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Gustavo Dudamel

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Gustavo Dudamel

Dynamic conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s passionate music-making invigorates audiences of all ages worldwide. Concurrently serving as Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, capsule the impact of his musical leadership is felt on several continents.

While his commitment to his music director posts in the United States and Venezuela accounts for the major portion of his yearly schedule, therapy Dudamel also guest conducts with some of the world’s greatest musical institutions each season. This season he returns to the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and La Scala in both opera and concert, along with appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw, Berlin Staatskapelle, Israel Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and Gothenburg Symphony, where he is now Honorary Conductor.

Dudamel is in his fourth season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where his contract has already been extended until 2018-19, the orchestra’s 100th season. Under his leadership the Los Angeles Philharmonic has extended its reach to an unprecedented extent via LA Phil LIVE, experimental theater-casts of Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts which have reached audiences throughout North America, Europe and South America, and through Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), influenced by Venezuela’s widely successful El Sistema. With YOLA, Gustavo brings music to children in the underserved communities of Los Angeles, and also serves as an inspiration for similar efforts throughout the United States, as well as for programs in Sweden and Scotland.

It is not only the breadth of the audience reached, but also the depth of the programming performed under Gustavo Dudamel that is remarkable. Programs at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2012-2013 represent the best and the boldest: ranging from an LA Phil-commissioned and now staged oratorio by John Adams titled The Gospel According to the Other Mary, which the LA Phil and Dudamel tour to New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Barbican Centre, Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival, and Paris’ Salle Pleyel; to a staged Marriage of Figaro with sets by architect Jean Nouvel, representing part two of a three-consecutive-year project of presenting the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy.

Having triumphed in performances at the 2012 Olympics in London, Gustavo Dudamel continues to lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in his native Venezuela as well as on tour, in this his 14th season as Music Director. Late fall 2012 touring includes performances at Berkeley’s CalPresents, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and New York’s Carnegie Hall, where they are part of the Voices from Latin America festival. Additional highlights include a fully staged Rigoletto in July 2012 in Caracas, which is part of a multi-year collaboration of shared productions with La Scala. In April 2013, Dudamel and the Bolívars are joined by Lang Lang for the world premiere of the Benzecry Piano Concerto, jointly commissioned by Dudamel and Lang Lang. The orchestra then embarks on a five country tour of South America. The Bolívar season rounds out with a production of Tannhäuser at the Bogotá Opera in June 2013, followed by a 2013 summer residency at the Salzburg Festival.

An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2005, Gustavo Dudamel has numerous recordings on the label ranging in repertoire from Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps to Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 3, 5 and 7. In February 2012, Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance for their live recording of the Brahms Symphony No. 4. In spring 2012, an LP of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 with the Vienna Philharmonic was released, with proceeds donated to charity for the purchase of instruments for young musicians of El Sistema in San Vicente, Venezuela. In August 2012, the CD, DVD and PBS telecast of the live Vienna Philharmonic Schönbrunn concert, The Summer Night Concert, was released. The September 2012 release, Gustavo Dudamel: Discoveries, is a compilation of recording activities with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony (CD, CD+DVD). Released in October 2012, Dudamel: Mahler 8 – Symphony of a Thousand Live from Caracas (CD, DVD + Blu-Ray), features the combined forces of the LA Phil and the Bolívars. Anticipated for release during the 2012-2013 season are the Mahler Symphonies No. 7 (CD / Bolívars), and No. 9 (CD / LA Phil), as well as an all-Strauss disc with the Berlin Philharmonic (CD).

In the area of video/DVD, many releases capture the excitement of important concerts in Gustavo Dudamel’s musical life, including The Inaugural Concert documenting his first concert in 2009 as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Year’s Eve Concert Gala 2011 with the Berlin Philharmonic, and a Birthday Concert for Pope Benedict XVI, among others. In June 2011, a documentary, Let the Children Play, featuring Dudamel, was shown in over 500 Fathom movie theaters nationwide. Gustavo Dudamel has been featured three times on CBS’s 60 Minutes and appeared on a 2010 PBS special, Dudamel: Conducting a Life, with Tavis Smiley. He appeared on Sesame Street with Elmo in February 2012.

Gustavo Dudamel is one of the most decorated conductors of his generation. He has recently been named Musical America’s 2013 Musician of the Year, one of the highest honors in the classical music industry. In October of 2011, he was named Gramophone Artist of the Year, and in May of the same year, was inducted into the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in consideration of his “eminent merits in the musical art.” The previous year, he received the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. Dudamel was inducted into l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres as a Chevalier in Paris in 2009, and received an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Centro-Occidental Lisandro Alvarado in his hometown of Barquisimeto. He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg in 2012. In 2008, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra was awarded Spain’s prestigious annual Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts and, along with his mentor José Antonio Abreu, Dudamel was given the “Q Prize” from Harvard University for extraordinary service to children.

Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2009, Gustavo Dudamel was born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He began violin lessons as a child with José Luis Giménez and Francisco Díaz at the Jacinto Lara Conservatory. He continued his violin studies with Rubén Cova and José Francisco del Castillo at the Latin American Academy of Violin. His conducting studies began in 1996 with Rodolfo Saglimbeni and, that same year, he was given his first conducting position, Music Director of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. In 1999, he was appointed Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and began conducting studies with the orchestra’s founder, Dr. Abreu; a few years later in 2004, Dudamel was brought to international attention by winning the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Competition. These early musical and mentoring experiences molded his commitment to music as an engine for social change – a lifelong passion.

In 2012, Gustavo and Eloisa Dudamel launched a foundation which carries their name and is dedicated to furthering music education and social justice around the world.

Gustavo Dudamel, his wife Eloisa Maturén, and their young son Martín divide their time mainly between Caracas and Los Angeles.

Updated December 2012

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El Sistema around the world

Publicado por Prensa FundaMusical Bolívar.

Many international organizations recognize El Sistema as a unique program, arthritis worthy of being implemented in all the world’s nations, buy cialis particularly in countries that are seeking to reduce the levels of poverty, illiteracy, and exclusion among young population.
El Sistema en el mundo

Many music education projects have been modeled after the Venezuelan program in more than 35 countries. Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Scotland, Trinidad and Tobago, United States (Avon, Baltimore, Birmingham, Chicago, Durham, Fort Wayne, Hilton Head Island, Jackson, Los Angeles, New York, North Oakland, Pasadena, San Antonio, San Diego) and Uruguay are among them.

El Sistema has also inspired the OAS to promote the creation of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (which made its debut in New York in 2000) and launch the Orchestra Program for Youth at Risk in the Caribbean in 2009. The Latin-American Youth Symphony Orchestra was likewise founded. It made its debut in 1997, with support from the Andrés Bello-Unesco agreement, at the 7th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of States. Also inspired by El Sistema, the Andean Development Corporation – the financial arm of the Andean Community trade bloc (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru) – has helped create a system of youth choirs.

Musequality, a charity set up to support the development of music projects for underprivileged children in the developing world, was inspired by El Sistema and other music education programs for young people implemented around the world. Its aim, like that of El Sistema, is to give vulnerable children the chance to learn skills that offer them a route out of poverty, keeping them away from drugs, violence and crime.

In November 1995, UNESCO appointed maestro José Antonio Abreu as a special delegate for the development of a world system of youth and children’s orchestras and choirs, aiming at the promotion of the Venezuelan model across the world.

In 2009, the Simón Bolívar Music Foundation, in partnership with the New England Conservatory of Music, the TED Prize, TED, and the Quincy Jones MusiQ Consortium, among others, established El Sistema USA, a support and advocacy network that will grow to provide comprehensive information on El Sistema philosophy and methodology, and host a variety of resources that will aid those building, expanding and supporting El Sistema programs throughout the world.The first initiative of El Sistema USA is a postgraduate certificate program for accomplished young musicians who desire to become ambassadors of El Sistema and who are committed to developing it outside of Venezuela.

To Play and to Fight: a life’s motto

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To Play and to Fight is the guiding maxim of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela. It reflects the firmness of purpose and perseverance of the Venezuelan musicians who, pill from generation to generation, site have built a productive life through music.
To Play and to Fight

“From the beginning, we knew that we would face many challenges and that we could not devote our time only to play music. In the early years, we strove to disseminate information about the social and cultural benefits of this music education program, so as to make of it a sustainable project, which is something that we have certainly achieved,” said maestro José Antonio Abreu about the origin of El Sistema’s motto. He explained that this motto also represents the challenges met to train the thousands of educators and conductors who run the El Sistema núcleos throughout the country and serve as music missionaries abroad.

The motto “To Play, to Sing and to Fight” (the verb to sing was recently incorporated) can be a rule of behavior for everybody because it expresses what we all need to do in order to achieve success.

In 2005, the Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo, who studied at one of El Sistema’s núcleos as a child, produced a documentary film that captures the spirit and essence of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela. This awards-winning film was named after El Sistema’s motto: To Play and to Fight.


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As a seedbed for thousands of Venezuelan musicians, therapy the Simón Bolívar Music Foundation is bearing fruit: those youngsters who go through El Sistema fulfill their dreams of personal and professional realization through music. These young musicians provide a daily example of self-improvement and vitality to their fellow Venezuelans. The fruit of their effort attests to the struggle engaged in to make the so-called Venezuelan music miracle endure and extend to other cultural spheres.

Music is not only the product of the talent and virtuosity of its creators; it is the reflection of the soul of the peoples and, anabolics in this case, is the outgrowth of an education program that has spread beyond our borders and has surpassed all expectations.

In the past, art was a matter of minorities for minorities; then it became a matter of minorities for majorities. Nowadays it is a matter of majorities for majorities and a key element to educating and allowing people to integrate successfully into society.

El Sistema

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The National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela is a state-funded organization created in 1975 by the Venezuelan maestro José Antonio Abreu with the idea of systematizing music education and promoting the collective practice of music through symphony orchestras and chorus as a means of social organization and communitarian development.

The Simón Bolívar Music Foundation is the governing body of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela, commonly known as El Sistema. Attached to the Ministry of People’s Power for the President’s Office of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, El Sistema is the most comprehensive social responsibility program ever developed in Venezuela and has made an unparalleled impact worldwide.

The Venezuelan El Sistema: an example to the world

Mission and Vision

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To systematize music education and to promote the collective practice of music through symphony orchestras and choruses in order to help children and youngsters to achieve their full potential and to acquire values that favor their growth and have a positive impact on their lives in society..


The Simón Bolívar Music Foundation is an organization committed to social development through an innovative and hope-instilling music education program, cialis distinguished by its excellence and for having a positive impact on the communities where it is implemented.