Gustavo Dudamel

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Orchestra Conductor, Violinist and Composer • Born 1981 • Venezuelan Conductor

Fast Facts

  • Gustavo Dudamel is one of the most famous conductors in the world, renowned for the energy he brings to live performance.
  • He is the son of a trombonist and a voice teacher.
  • He studied music from an early age, becoming involved with El Sistema, and took up the violin at age ten.
  • He began to study conducting in 1995; in 1999, he became Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, the national youth orchestra of Venezuela.
  • Dudamel was the first classical musician to participate with the YOLA in the 2016 Super Bowl Half Time Show alongside pop stars Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Coldplay.
  • He gained international fame in 2004, when he won the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition. Since then he has won many awards and conducted some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras.
  • Gustavo Dudamel is driven by the belief that music has the power to transform lives, to inspire, and to change the world. 
  • In 2012 he launched The Gustavo Dudamel Foundation with the goal of promoting access to music as a human right and a catalyst for social change.

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