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Gustavo Dudamel (2008)

The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize

Selected by Dr. José Antonio Abreu, Eighth Prize Laureate

GustavodudamelGustavo Dudamel has been hailed as one of the most exciting and compelling conductors of our time. Born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He began studying violin at an early age and learned conducting as a youth.

At age 18 he assumed the Music Director position of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and began conducting studies with José Antonio Abreu, the Orchestra’s founder. Brought to international attention by triumphing in the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in 2004, Dudamel has received many prestige awards and recognition for his work. Recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2009, he has been featured twice on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

Maestro Dudamel will began his tenure as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in fall 2009, while continuing as Music Director of the Gothenburg Symphony. Perhaps best known as Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, his infectious energy and exceptional artistry have made him one of the most sought-after conductors by orchestras around the world.