From Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel (b. 1981) is the principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden and the current music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also directs the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, a Venezuelan youth orchestra.
As a child, Dudamel was involved in El Sistema, the publicly financed method of music education in Venezuela. The system manages hundreds of youth orchestras and funds instrumental training throughout the country. Over ninety percent of the children who grow up in this system are from low socio-economic backgrounds (El Sistema website). (more…)