LA Phil/Dudamel Foundation launch “Encuentros” music education/leadership program for young musicians

Posted on: July 11, 2022

From July 19 to August 5, the Dudamel Foundation and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will co-present “Encuentros LA 2022,” a new summer music education and global leadership program for young orchestra musicians. The program is a project of LA Phil Music & Artistic Director and Dudamel Foundation Co-Chair Gustavo Dudamel and Dudamel Foundation Co-Chair María Valverde. Workshops and rehearsals will be conducted by Dudamel and LA Phil Dudamel conducting fellows with additional sectionals and masterclasses led by musicians from the LA Phil and guest artists from orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Opéra National de Paris, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile, and SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart. More than 100 students from 22 countries will form the Encuentros (Encounters) Orchestra, which will perform the world premiere of a commissioned work by Giancarlo Castro D’Addona at the Hollywood Bowl and at UC Berkeley on August 2 and 4. Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the concert, which will feature the Encuentros Orchestra as well as musicians from YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) and vocalist, bassist ,and composer Esperanza Spalding. In the program, young musicians will participate in community initiatives, mentorship opportunities with the YOLA National Festival, and projects throughout Los Angeles.