Gustavo Dudamel Leaving LA Philharmonic To Lead New York Philharmonic

Gustavo Dudamel, who has been the music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a long time, is moving to New York. When his contract with the Los Angeles Philharmonic ends in 2026, he will take over as music director of the New York Philharmonic.

Officials from the New York Philharmonic announced today that Dudamel will be the orchestra’s next music director, starting with the 2026–27 season. He will hold the titles of music director and artistic director of the New York Philharmonic for five years. Before that, he will be the music director designated for the 2025–2026 season.

Gustavo Dudamel

Co-chairmen of the New York Philharmonic Board, Peter May and Oscar Tang, said in a joint statement,

“We are thrilled to welcome Gustavo Dudamel as the next music and artistic director of the New York Philharmonic.” Building on the great history of this orchestra, he joins a long list of famous music directors. We are happy that Gustavo Dudamel has agreed to lead our artistic future on behalf of the board of directors.

Since 2009, Dudamel has been in charge of both the music and the artistic direction of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Dudamel said that he is “grateful” to both groups in a statement.

“I look at the world in front of me in New York City with joy and excitement, and I look at the world I have shared with my dear Angelenos and will continue to share with them for the next three seasons and beyond, with pride and love,” he said in a statement. “We all agree that culture makes the world better, and we all want music to be a fundamental right.” “I’m looking forward to getting to work.”

In addition to his job in Los Angeles, Dudamel has been the music director of the Opéra National de Paris since 2021 and the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela since 1999.

Dudamel made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in November 2007. He led works by Dvoák and Prokofiev, as well as the orchestra’s first performances of Chávez’s Sinfonia India (Symphony No. 2) since Leonard Bernstein led it in 1961.

“With Gustavo Dudamel, the Philharmonic is ready for what I think will be one of the most exciting chapters in its long history,” said Gary Ginstling, the organization’s executive director and soon-to-be president and chief executive officer.

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