Gustavo Dudamel Next Music Director of the NY Philharmonic February 14 2023

Gustavo Dudamel will be the new Music Director for the New York Philharmonic. The energetic and charming conductor will take up his new post in 2026 and is determined to develop something memorable and profound with his new orchestra.

The New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the country. Earning the esteemed title of Music Director is no small feat. It's only awarded to industry powerhouses such as Mahler and Toscanini.

Gustavo Dudamel in performance

[CLICKABLE IMAGE] Gustavo Dudamel in performance

But Dudamel has built something beautiful in Los Angeles and the world is excited to see what this exciting talent brings to New York. He's turned his current orchestra into one of the most financially successful orchestras in the U.S.

So how did Dudamel earn his stripes? What is this exceptional talent's origin story of how he got to where he is today?


Gustavo Dudamel was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela on Jan. 26, 1981. He was born into a musical family, with his mom being a voice teacher and his dad a trombonist.

Gustavo studied music as a young boy and eventually began working with El Sistema. El Sistema is a world-renowned musical education institute based in Venezuela. This is where he learned the violin at 10 years old.

This is when Gustavo blossomed as a musician and started to study composition. He then enrolled at the Jacinto Lara Conservatory where he studied under other famous violinists.

While Gustavo enjoyed playing the violin, his heart was drawn to conducting.

 Maestro Dudamel conducting the finale of Mahler's Symphony No.2 "Resurrection" with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms 2011 


Gustavo was clearly going places and wowed many of his peers and teachers. In 1995, he started studying conducting with Rodolfo Saglimbeni and Jose Antonio Abreu. At only 18 years old, he was awarded the position of Music Director with the Orquestra Sinfonica Bolivar. He toured all over with this ensemble and continued to amaze his audiences.

Dudamel eventually left Venezuela to explore other music ventures in Buenos Aires before travelling as an assistant conductor in Germany and Austria.

Gustavo Dudamel Young

 A very young Gustavo Dudamel with his fellow members of the Orchestra


Gustavo Dudamel Autograph

While Dudamel was making a name for himself in his home country, it wasn't until 2004 he started to gain international attention. He won the Gustav Mahler Competition and soon after became the Music Director of the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden.

[CLICKABLE IMAGE] Maestro Gustavo Dudamel Signed Photograph

Dudamel's talent was undeniable. He was charismatic and full of energy despite being so young. It's no surprise that the Los Angeles Philharmonic set its sights on him when he was only 27 years old.

In 2009, Dudamel signed on as the Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. It was in Los Angeles where he cemented his status as one of the most decorated and talented conductors of his time.

Dudamel has earned countless prestigious awards since being with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. These include Spain's 2020 Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, Konex Foundation Classical Music Award, Paex Medal of Art, Cultural Merit, Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society from the Longy School of music and more.


Gustavo Dudamel autograph

Dudamel has completely transformed the Los Angeles Philharmonic into one of the most esteemed orchestras in the world. But with all good things, they must eventually come to an end to open the door for new opportunities. 

While Los Angeles will be sad to see Dudamel go, New York is eager to see what he will do for its orchestra. As Dudamel has entered a grand position in the world of conducting, it comes with challenges. Audiences are shifting, tickets are dwindling, and the appeal of the orchestra is slightly diminishing. With Dudamel in charge, the New York Philharmonic hopes to bring excitement to orchestra again.

If there's one thing for sure, it's if someone is going to transform the New York Philharmonic it should be Dudamel. Only time will tell what this exciting talent will bring to New York!


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