signed him on as an artist in 2005, releasing his first recording -- Beethoven Symphonies No. 5 and 7 -- in 2006. It then released a video of Dudamel leading the Stuttgart Radio Symphony
in a concert for Pope Benedict XVI in honor of his 80th birthday. In 2007, he became music director of the Gothenburg Symphony
, with which he remained until 2012. That same year, Dudamel was the first conductor under the age of 30 in many years to be appointed to a major orchestra when he was named music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
beginning with the 2009-2010 season.
Dudamel's position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
was extended through its 100th anniversary season, and he continues to lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony
, sometimes bringing the two orchestras together for projects such as the 2012 performances of Mahler's 8th Symphony, also released on video. He guest conducts widely, with several opera productions -- La bohème, Le nozze di Figaro, and Turandot -- filling some of his schedule in 2015-2016. His own score for the film Libertador was released in 2014, as was his recording of the John Adams
opera The Gospel According to the Other Mary. In addition to video releases, Deutsche Grammophon
has also issued digital only recordings, including parts of his inaugural concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
and an all-Wagner
program with the Simón Bolívar Symphony
. In 2017 Sony Classical
issued the live album Neujahrskonzert / New Year's Concert 2017.
Dudamel is El Sistema's most famous alumnus and advocate, encouraging other communities to develop similar programs. He initiated the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, and still spends almost half the year working with students in Venezuela. He remains steadfastly committed to inspiring others and making music accessible to all. ~ Patsy Morita, Rovi