Gustavo Dudamel

Biography

Born: January 26, 1981  
Gustavo Dudamel is one of those extremely rare conductors to draw international attention while still in his twenties. For a musician who only began studying conducting in 1995 and made his professional debut in 2005, he has ascended the steep ladder to podium renown in almost unprecedented fashion.

He was born on January 26, 1981, in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. His father was a trombone player who performed in local bands and his mother
Read more was a vocal teacher. Dudamel began lessons on the violin at 10, having previously studied in a government-sponsored music program in grade school. Later, at the Jacinto Lara Conservatory, he studied violin with José Luis Jiménez and at the Latin American Violin Academy with José Francisco del Castillo. In 1995 he began conducting studies with Rodolfo Saglimbeni, but his most important teaching influence was conductor José Antonio Abreu, who served as his mentor. Dudamel's 1999 appointment as music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar allowed him to conduct regular concerts and make concert tours abroad.

In the first decade of the twenty-first century, Dudamel was arguably the most sought-after conductor under the age of 30, and was the first in many years to be appointed music director of a major orchestra -- in this case, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, beginning in 2009-2010. Dudamel did not step onto that podium as anything approaching a novice, since he had already served as principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, beginning in 2007. Since 1999 he has served as music director of the Venezuelan national youth orchestra (known as the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar). Besides the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he has led the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, and Dresden State Orchestra. Dudamel signed a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon in 2005.

Dudamel has won a number of conducting competitions, the most important of which was the 2004 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition held in Bamberg, Germany. Following that triumph, Dudamel began receiving a flood of invitations to conduct the world's major orchestras. Dudamel's first recording with Deutsche Grammophon was the 2006 CD of Beethoven Symphonies No. 5 and No. 7, with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. In April 2007, Dudamel led the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in a concert given at the Vatican before Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of his 80th birthday. This concert was taped by DG and subsequently issued on DVD in August 2007. Read less
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  • 1.
    2017 New Year's Concert / Dudamel, Wiener Philharmoniker [Vinyl]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985376201 Release Date: 03/31/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Tango Under the Stars
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 739608 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Lalo Schifrin,  Alberto Ginastera
    Performer:  Seth Asarnow,  Angel Romero
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Tango Under the Stars [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 739704 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Lalo Schifrin,  Alberto Ginastera
    Performer:  Angel Romero,  Seth Asarnow
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    New Year's Concert 2017 / Dudamel, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985376169 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    New Year's Concert 2017 / Dudamel, Vienna Philharmonic [Blu-ray]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 537617 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    New Year's Concert 2017 / Dudamel, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 537618 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    50 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002596702 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Bedrich Smetana,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  David Garrett,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Max Richter,  Daniel Hope  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert von Karajan,  André de Ridder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin  ... 
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Dudamel, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002588502 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Europakonzert: 25 DVD Anniversary Box (1991-2015) / Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26098 Release Date: 04/29/2016  
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Violeta Urmana,  Elke Wilm Schulte  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Pierre Boulez,  Gustavo Dudamel,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Choir,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Brahms: Piano Concertos / Barenboim, Dudamel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002353102 Release Date: 08/07/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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    A John Williams Celebration / Perlman, Dudamel, LA
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 730308 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Williams,  John T. Williams
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    A John Williams Celebration / Perlman, Dudamel, LA [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 730404 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Williams,  John T. Williams
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    El Sistema 40 - A Celebration
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002261002 Release Date: 03/10/2015  
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Antonín Dvorák,  Arturo Márquez,  Silvestre Revueltas  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra,  Simon Bolivar String Quartet,  Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
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    Mahler: Symphony No 7 / Dudamel, Simon Bolivar SO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002155002 Release Date: 10/07/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
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    Gustavo Dudamel: Liberator - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002105402 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
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    100 Great Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Sammartini,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon,  Christopher Hogwood,  Thomas Füri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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    Adams: Gospel According to the Other Mary / Dudamel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002003402 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Russell Thomas,  Tamara Mumford,  Kelley O'Connor,  Daniel Bubeck  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Master Chorale,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Verdi: Messa da Requiem / Dudamel
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 714708 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Julianna Digiacomo,  Michelle DeYoung,  Vittorio Grigolo,  Ildebrando D’arcangelo
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Master Chorale,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Verdi: Messa da Requiem / Dudamel, Los Angeles [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 714804 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Michelle DeYoung,  Julianna Digiacomo,  Vittorio Grigolo,  Ildebrando D’arcangelo
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Master Chorale,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 2 / Wang, Dudamel, Simon Bolivar SO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001910202 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra / Dudamel, Berlin PO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001891302 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    The European Concert - Brahms Haydn, Beethoven / Dudamel, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001831309 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gautier Capuçon
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Dudamel, Los Angeles
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001796902 Release Date: 02/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps - 100th Anniversary Collectors Edition [20-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001780902 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Güher Pekinel,  Süher Pekinel  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Riccardo Chailly,  Pierre Boulez,  Valery Gergiev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Orchestra  ... 
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