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
Mahler: Symphony No 7 / Dudamel, Simon Bolivar SO
Release Date: 10/07/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002155002   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Messa da Requiem / Dudamel
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 714708   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Messa da Requiem / Dudamel, Los Angeles [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 714804   Number of Discs: 1
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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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  • 2.
    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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  • 4.
    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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  • 5.
    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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    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 8.
    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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  • 9.
    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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    The European Concert - Brahms Haydn, Beethoven / Dudamel, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001831309 Release Date: 05/14/2013  
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gautier Capuçon
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    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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  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001736859 Release Date: 10/02/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Discoveries / Gustavo Dudamel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001709702 Release Date: 09/25/2012  
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Bruckner,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Discoveries / Gustavo Dudamel [CD + DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725300 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Bruckner,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001735409 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
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    Dances And Waves - Schonbrunn Summer Night Concert 2012 / Dudamel, Vienna PO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001717502 Release Date: 08/21/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Dances And Waves - Schonbrunn Summer Night Concert 2012 / Dudamel, Vienna PO [DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001717609 Release Date: 08/21/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 3
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001686902 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
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    Classical 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Georges Bizet,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini
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  • 21.
    Sibelius: Symphony No 2; Nielsen: Symphonies 4 & 5; Bruckner / Dudamel, Gothenburg Symphony
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001587402 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Carl Nielsen,  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    The Classical Album 2011
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001566202 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Franz Liszt,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Lang Lang,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Conductor:  Adám Fischer,  James Levine,  Claudio Abbado,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Chamber Soloists
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  • 23.
    New Year's Eve Concert 2010  / Garanca, Dudamel, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001529409 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Elina Garanca
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky And Shakespeare / Dudamel, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001529602 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
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  • 25.
    Celebracion - Opening Night Concert & Gala / Dudamel, Florez, LA Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001505009 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Isabel "Chabuca" Granda,  Agustín Lara,  José P. Moncayo García  ... 
    Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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