Gustavo Dudamel to remain LA Phil’s music director through 2025-26

Posted on: January 16, 2020

“Bravo, Gustavo. That is the message from the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which on Wednesday said it had extended the contract of music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel through the 2025-26 season,” writes Jessica Gelt in Wednesday’s (1/15) Los Angeles Times. “At age 28, Dudamel started his appointment as the L.A. Phil’s music director in 2009 [and has since] gained the additional title of artistic director. During the decade that Dudamel has been at the conductor’s podium, the L.A. Phil has grown into one of the world’s most important orchestras. Dudamel … has pushed a bold vision and eclectic programming to expand the boundaries of what a modern orchestra can be…. Partly through programming such as the Green Umbrella series, the annual Noon to Midnight marathon at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Reykjavik Festival, the L.A. Phil also has brought younger fans into the fold. Dudamel has made music education a cornerstone of his artistic philosophy, and his Youth Orchestra Los Angeles has grown to serve more than 1,200 budding musicians across four YOLA locations … [The orchestra’s] leadership team includes longtime L.A. Phil colleague Chad Smith, recently elevated into the position of chief executive.”