Gustavo Dudamel (Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel Ramírez) is a Venezuelan conductor and violinist born on January 26, 1981 (Daniel Barenboim was 42 years old.) He joined the national music education program of Venezuela called El Sistema (The System) at an early age. replique montre At a comparatively late age (10) he began violin lessons. Dudamel attended the Jacinto Lara Conservatory and the Latin American Violin Academy. His teachers were Luis Jimenez and Francisco Del Castillo. His conducting teachers were Rodolfo Saglimbeni and Antonio Abreu. He was 15 when he first started conducting lessons (1995). Four years later, he was appointed music director of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra. Dudamel went on to win the Gustav Mahler Conducting Prize in 2004, after which his career rapidly took off. By 2008, he had conducted nearly every major orchestra in the world. His opera debut was in Milan (La Scala) in 2006 with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He will begin his five-year tenure as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in September of 2009.
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