Los Angeles, CA (January 15, 2020) – Thomas L. Beckmen, Board Chair of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and Chad Smith, David C. Bohnett Chief Executive Officer Chair, today announced that Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel’s contract will be extended through the orchestra’s 2025/26 season.
Dudamel’s contract as Music Director began in the 2009/10 season. Its original five-year term was soon extended, in March 2011, to run through the 2018/19 season. In March 2015, the LA Phil recognized Dudamel’s continuing commitment to the Association by adding the title of Artistic Director to Music Director and extending his contract further, through the 2021/22 season.
Thomas L. Beckmen said, “We have completed a staggeringly successful Centennial year, so how better to celebrate than to confirm that Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil will continue to do great things together all the way into 2026. I join the Board, and I suspect all of Los Angeles, in saying, Bravo Gustavo!”
Dudamel said, “Looking back at the first decade in Los Angeles with my orchestra makes me indescribably happy. I am full of expectation and energy as we open the next chapter of our artistic partnership, and I thank the Board of Directors for its continued trust in my vision for the organization.
“I’m so proud of our legacy in education, especially the establishment and continued growth of YOLA. The shared passion of the entire community to nurture the next generation of music makers is both deeply moving and profoundly important. I also remain committed to connecting our rich civic heritage ever more closely to our programming, community work, and concert performances in our homes, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and now The Ford.
“We have a unique opportunity and responsibility in Los Angeles to unite the soul of the Americas, to build and to strengthen musical and educational bridges with our brothers and sisters here in L.A. and beyond. We have so much work still to do, but I look forward to embracing the challenges ahead and to sharing more beautiful moments together, hand in hand with my extraordinary orchestra and our leadership team.”
Chad Smith added, “Fifteen years ago, Gustavo and I planned our first concert together here –for his U.S. debut at the Hollywood Bowl — and what an extraordinary journey together it has been. His expansive vision of what an orchestra can be and what it can mean to its community is truly inspiring. I am so looking forward to partnering with him on all that we have ahead of us.”
Chairman of the Orchestra Committee David Allen Moore stated, “The relationship between the musicians and Gustavo isn’t just one of trust, confidence, and respect, but of joy. We’re thrilled to know we’ll continue to move forward with him and can’t wait to discover what we’ll achieve next.”
This is one family that is very pleased to hear the news. Dudamel has really taken the LA Phil “up a notch” musically/creatively from the previous era. Even some Phil members have told us this directly. While not too excited about the programmed “minimalist” and some other contemporary music – His presence is a net gain I think. And even business-wise the Phil seems to be doing great now, and continuing an upward trajectory! Cheers!
I can’t imagine MTT taking another full-time MD job. Of course, I couldn’t imagine Esa-Pekka Salonen in SF, either.
Michael IS a native Angeleno, after all.
Yes, though there was an eternity between his Principal Guest tenure and when he finally returned as a regular guest. Tough to return home I think. Slatkin (another Angeleno) also waited for a long time before being a guest conductor
If the two you have named here are LA Phil’s only alternatives, let’s hope the Orchestra keeps its current music director for a couple more decades.
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I struggled to come up with other reasonable options: guest conductors who visit with some regularity who’d be a good fit . . . And I’ve got nobody. I only included those two because they have some kind of established relationship with the orchestra and have repeatedly been mentioned as possible, even likely, successors. . . .
Hoping we get visits soon from some established conductors who haven’t visited in a while . . . Just to name a few off the top of my head:
Not saying they should be MD, but it’d be nice to fill the pipeline with people who’ve actually been MD of other major orchestras.
Anyone else have thoughts on the above-mentioned names or want to add to the list?
You really don’t want Gatti: https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/daniele-gatti-sexual-harassment/
Oops. Forgot about that among the Levine, Dutoit, and Domingo incidences… Which in and of itself is sad to say
For me, the conductor who should have a US job and doesn’t is Bychkov, but since he’s now at the Czech Phil….
Yeah, he’s had some solid outings in LA. None have been “Wow!” level but worth considering
Robertson seems to have stopped off of both LA’s and SF’s radar. I guess Sydney precludes more frequent guest stints. Or maybe there’s another reason for his absence
Simone Young takes over in Sydney in two years; Robertson is still listed as Chief Conductor but previously it had been announced that he was leaving at the end of 2019.
I have no idea what’s going on with him. I basically like his conducting and programming.
Most of LA Phil’s former music directors did not have “established relationship” with the orchestra who “have repeatedly been mentioned” as next principal conductors before getting the top job, but that did not prevent many of them from becoming very successful artistic leaders here. For just a couple of relatively recent outstanding examples: correct me if i am wrong, but i think that Zubin Mehta made just one appearance with LA Phil before becoming its MD and Carlo Maria Giulini had never even been to LA before assuming the post in 1978. Both of them contributed greatly to development of the orchestra into the world-class ensemble that it is now. It may be too early to speculate, but when the time comes, the search should be wide open to all possibilities.
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