Gustavo Dudamel, the longtime Music and Creative Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is heading east: He’s leaving L.A. to take the baton of the New York Philharmonic when his present contract ends in 2026.
New York Philharmonic officers made the announcement right this moment: Dudamel will develop into the Orchestra’s subsequent Music Director, starting within the 2026–27 season, and can maintain the title of Music and Creative Director of the New York Philharmonic for a five-year time period. Previous to that time period, he’ll function Music Director Designate throughout the 2025–26 season.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Gustavo Dudamel as the following Music and Creative Director of the New York Philharmonic,” NY Phil Board Co-Chairmen Peter Could and Oscar Tang mentioned in a joint assertion. “Constructing on this orchestra’s nice legacy, he joins a historic record of distinguished Music Administrators. On behalf of the Board of Administrators, we’re delighted that Gustavo Dudamel has mentioned sure to main our creative future.”
Dudamel has been Music and Creative Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2009.
Dudamel mentioned in an announcement that he’s “grateful” to each organizations. “I gaze with pleasure and pleasure on the world that lies earlier than me in New York Metropolis, and with delight and love on the world I’ve shared — and can proceed to share — with my expensive Angelenos over the following three seasons and past,” he mentioned in an announcement. “All of us are united in our perception that tradition creates a greater world, and in our dream that music is a elementary proper. I look ahead to the work forward.”
Along with his tenure in L.A., Dudamel has been Music Director of the Opéra Nationwide de Paris since 2021, and Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela since 1999.
Dudamel made his New York Philharmonic debut in November 2007, conducting works by Dvořák and Prokofiev in addition to the Orchestra’s first performances of Chávez’s Sinfonia India (Symphony No. 2) since Leonard Bernstein led the piece in 1961.
Stated Gary Ginstling, Government Director and incoming President & CEO, “With Gustavo Dudamel, the Philharmonic is poised for what I imagine can be some of the thrilling chapters in its storied historical past.”
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