Gustavo Dudamel to Continue As Music & Artistic Director

Board Chair Thomas L. Beckmen and CEO Chad Smith announced this month that Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel's contract will extend through the LA Phil's 2025/26 season.

"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!" said Beckmen.

The LA Phil remains tremendously grateful to its donors for the success of the Centennial year and Campaign, which has reached $425 million, or 85% of its goal, to date. Their contributions have done so much to support Dudamel’s artistry and innovation in not only the Centennial year, but also in its preparation.

Dudamel, who also this month won a Grammy alongside the LA Phil for Best Orchestral Performance, began as Music Director in the 2009/10 season. His 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 LA Phil by adding the title of Artistic Director to Music Director and extending his contract further, through the 2021/22 season.

In Dudamel’s words, "Looking back at the first decade in Los Angeles with my orchestra makes me indescribably happy.”

The feeling from the orchestra is mutual.

LA Phil bassist and Chairman of the Orchestra Committee David Allen Moore noted, "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."

Dudamel continued, “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."

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."

The LA Phil once again thanks its donors for their enduring commitment to and trust in bringing Dudamel’s exceptional vision to life—now through 2025/26.

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