25-year old Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel, one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation, has been appointed Principal Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Sweden, starting in 2007/2008. Says Dudamel:ìAlready when I first conducted the Gothenburg Symphony, in Birmingham and at the BBC Proms last year, I was very impressed by their skill and openness. It was wonderful - I simply fell in love with the orchestra!î
Gustavo Dudamel has made sensational appearances in Europe and the USA, attracting the attention of the worldís leading orchestras. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra first met when Dudamel at short notice replaced Neeme J‰rvi for concerts at the BBC Proms and in Birmingham last year. They immediately ìfoundî each other and made great music together.
Edward Smith, Artistic and Managing Director of the Orchestra, is delighted to welcome Dudamel to Gothenburg. ìTo be able to forge a close association between Gustavo and the GSO is an extraordinary privilege for us all. He is, in every way, a remarkable musician with the very special talent to communicate both to the performers in front of him and to the audience behind him. His enthusiasm to develop his career here with the National Orchestra of Sweden is something we look forward to sharing with huge anticipation.î
Per Gˆran, Chairman of the Musicians Board, agrees: - Gustavo Dudamel is a fantastic conductor ñ knowledgeable, inspiring and spontaneous. The concerts with him are something special. We are very happy and proud that he chose to spend his future with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
Gustavo Dudamel started his career as violinist at the age of four, then joined the SimÛn BolÌvar National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela where he was later appointed Music Director, a position he will continue. The orchestra has a world wide reputation ñ conductors such as Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle have worked with Dudamel and his 220 musicians.
Last year, Gustavo Dudamel signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, who have recently recorded Beethovenís Symphonies No. 5 & No. 7 in Venezuela.
Gustavo Dudamel is currently working with Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper in Berlin, but scheduled an extra concert with Mahlerís Fifth Symphony in Gothenburg today, 12 April. The announcement to the orchestra of his appointment was made during the morningís dress rehearsal. The euphoria among musicians, management and staff was overwhelming, and the smiling Dudamel was visibly touched. The announcement will be made public at tonightís concert.
Dudamel succeeds Mario Venzago, who has been Principal Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony since 2004.


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