NEW YORK — Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel, music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will step down to fill the same role and wow New York Philharmonic audiences.
Dudamel will begin as artistic and music director of the New York Philharmonic for the 2026-2027 season and will accompany the orchestra for five years, NYPHIL announced Tuesday. In doing so, he will become the 27th conductor to preside over one of the world’s leading philharmonics, building on a legacy that includes such giants as Gustav Mahler, Arturo Toscanini and Leonard Bernstein. Additionally, Dudamel will serve as music director-designate in the 2025-26 season.
“Today, above all, I am grateful. I am grateful to the musicians and leadership of the New York Philharmonic as we embark on this beautiful new journey together. As the great poet Federico García Lorca said: ‘Every step we take on earth leads us to a new world,’” Dudamel said of this new chapter in his career. “I look with joy and excitement at the world before me in New York City.”
The Venezuelan star maestro has already participated in the New York Philharmonic, having conducted 26 concerts as a guest since his debut in November 2007, in which he conducted the Orchestra in works by Dvořák and Prokofiev, as well as in the first New York Philharmonic performances of Chávez’s Indian Symphony from 1961, conducted by Bernstein.
Subsequent highlights for the Philharmonic include his appearance in 2009, conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, as well as The Schumann Connection in March 2022, which featured the world premieres of Clara by Gabriela Ortiz and the night birds by Andreia Pinto Correia, works by composers he selected for the New York Philharmonic to complement Robert Schumann’s symphony cycle.
Gustavo Dudamel will return to New York City this spring to conduct the orchestra in three performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, May 19-21. These concerts will also mark his first time conducting at David Geffen Hall’s newly renovated Wu Tsai Theatre, the place he will, in a few years, call home.
With Dudamel, a new story will begin for the New York Philharmonic through his musical magic.
The Venezuelan has been with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2009, as well as Music Director of the Paris National Opera and Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.
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