03 February 2011
Dudamel extends contract with LA Phil through 2018/19 season
Today Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that the Venezuelan conductor's contract as Music Director will be extended through the orchestra's 2018/19 centennial season. Dudamel's original contract as Music Director commenced in the 2009/10 season for a five-year term. Dudamel announced his continuing commitment to the musicians today following their second concert in Budapest on the orchestra’s current seven-city tour of Europe. Dudamel stated, "The connection I feel to the musicians and leadership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and to the city of Los Angeles is special. It is our aspiration to build something new, something that takes us towards a brighter future for music, for education, for young people, for the community, for the sensibility of our society and their interactions with one another - music is at the core of everything we do. It is beautiful to see the orchestra inspired by our music making and sharing that music making with the entire community."