Gustavo Dudamel isn’t leaving LA…
The 38-year-old Venezuelan-Spanish conductor/violinist and Grammy winner will remain as the music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for five more years.
Dudamel made his debut with the LA Philharmonicin 2005 and was named director in 2009.
His newest contract runs through the 2025-2026 season. Terms were not announced.
In a statement Dudamel thanked the Philharmonic’s board and said he is “full of expectation and energy as we open the next chapter of our artistic partnership.”
Throughout his career, Dudamel has stressed the importance of music education during appearances at the White House, United Nationsand during a 2017 Nobel Prize Concert.
With the LA Philharmonic he oversees live musical, dance and other artistic performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowland the Ford Theatre. He also heads arts education programs.
In 2013, Dudamel was named Musical America‘s Musician of the Yearand was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame