Venezuelan musician, composer, and conductor Gustavo Dudamel is driven by the belief that music has the power to transform lives, to inspire, and to change the world. Currently serving as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opéra National de Paris, and Orquesta Simón Bolívar, Dudamel is widely recognized as one of the most decorated conductors of his generation, and through his dynamic presence on the podium and his tireless advocacy for arts education he has introduced classical music to new audiences around the globe, and has helped to provide access to the arts for countless people in underserved communities.
One of the few classical musicians to become a bona fide pop culture phenomenon, Dudamel’s film credits include Steven Spielberg’s new adaptation of Bernstein’s West Side Story, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mozart in the Jungle, Sesame Street, and The Simpsons. He has performed at the Super Bowl halftime show, the Academy Awards, and the Nobel Prize Concert, and has worked with pop stars Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and others.
Among his many honors, he has received Spain’s Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, the Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award, a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. His extensive, multiple Grammy Award–winning discography includes 65 releases, including recent Deutsche Grammophon LA Phil recordings of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, the complete Charles Ives symphonies, and Andrew Norman’s Sustain (the Ives and Norman both won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance).
Inspired by his transformative experience as a youth in Venezuela’s immersive musical training program El Sistema, he created The Dudamel Foundation in 2012 with the goal to expand access to music and the arts by providing tools and opportunities for young people to shape their creative futures.