The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has appointed ROBERTO ZAMBRANO artistic director of its Young Musicians program. Launched in June 2019, the program provides free instruments and music instruction to students in Dallas’s southern area through after-school and summer camp programs. Zambrano will develop the curriculum, oversee the training of teaching artists, and work with participants and their families, school administrators and teachers, and community members. Born in Venezuela in 1963, Zambrano participated in Venezuela’s El Sistema youth orchestra program. After several years as a cello section player and soloist in El Sistema’s Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, Zambrano traveled to the Czech Republic in 1989, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music, with a focus in cello performance. He is the founder and advisor of El Sistema programs and núcleos in Latin America, North America, and South America, and he founded youth orchestras in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, and Brazil. In 2009, he founded the Abreu Fellows, a teaching artist training program named for El Sistema founder Jose Antonio Abreu, at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. For the last twenty years he has been director of Youth Orchestras for the Venezuelan state of Portuguesa.