Dudamel, Gustavo

Dudamel, Gustavo,

1981–, Venezuelan conductor and violinist. A product of Venezuela's national music-training program, he quickly developed a brilliant, exuberant, and passionate conducting style that won him early notice. At 18 he led what is now Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, which he continues to conduct, and in 2004 he achieved international recognition by winning the first Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition. Named principal conductor of Sweden's Göteborg Symphony in 2006, Dudamel succeeded Esa-Pekka SalonenSalonen, Esa-Pekka,
1958–, Finnish conductor and composer. Originally a French horn player, he studied (1973–77) at Helsinki's Sibelius Academy. He made his conducting debut (1979) with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, his American debut (1984) with the Los
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 as musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2009.
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