CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
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Born on 26 January 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel was ten when he took up the violin, and was soon also studying composition. In 1996 he began his conducting studies with Rodolfo Saglimbeni, and during the same year was named music director of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. In 1999, he continued his conducting studies with José Antonio Abreu and was appointed music director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, an ensemble founded by Abreu that is widely recognized for its role in transforming the lives of tens of thousands of impoverished youths.
Described by Esa-Pekka Salonen as 'a conducting animal', Gustavo Dudamel is also in demand as a guest conductor and has worked with many of the world's most renowned orchestras and musicians. He is currently music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. In May 2007, Dudamel was awarded the Premio de la Latindad by the thirty seven Latin American and African member states of the Union Latina organization for his outstanding contributions to Latin cultural life.
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