Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV) was founded by José Antonio
Abreu. Under the music direction of Gustavo Dudamel, its members have been trained under El
Sistema's orchestral academic program, and have performed under conductors of international
stature who have included Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Krzysztof
Penderecki, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Lorin Maazel. Between 2000 and 2015, the SBSOV toured
Europe, Asia, and the Americas, appearing at festivals such as the BBC Proms, Edinburgh
International Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Semperoper Dresden, Carnegie
Hall's Berlin in Lights and Voices from Latin America festivals, the
Lucerne and Salzburg festivals, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Immortal
Beethoven festival. The SBSOV has also performed in various world-class venues that
include Royal Festival Hall in London, Vienna's Konzerthaus, Milan's Teatro alla Scala,
Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
The SBSOV has been resident orchestra at the Lucerne Festival at Easter; at Walt Disney
Concert Hall as part of The Mahler Project, in which Mr. Dudamel led Mahler's
completed symphonies with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the SBSOV in Los Angeles and in
Caracas; the Salzburg Festival, where it became the first foreign orchestra to perform
Mozart's Mass in C Minor in St. Peter's Abbey; and at Teatro alla Scala, where the
orchestra gave three concerts and eight performances of La bohème, becoming the
first orchestra not based at Teatro alla Scala to be featured by the prestigious opera
house in one of its productions of La bohème.
The SBSOV and Mr. Dudamel are exclusive artists of Deutsche Grammophon, with which they
have recorded Beethoven's Fifth and Seventh symphonies and Mahler's Fifth Symphony, a
successful album titled Fiesta, and an album of works by Tchaikovsky that features
the Fifth Symphony and Francesca da Rimini. In 2013, the SBSOV recorded the
soundtrack of Alberto Arvelo's film El libertador under the baton of Mr. Dudamel,
who composed the music. A year later, they recorded excerpts from Wagner's Der Ring des
Nibelungen. The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela gratefully acknowledges
the generous support provided by the Hilti Foundation with the purchase of instruments.
Internationally renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel currently serves as music and artistic
director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and as music director of the Simón Bolívar
Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He is motivated by a profound belief in music's power to
unite and inspire, and the impact of his leadership extends from the greatest concert
stages to classrooms, cinemas, and innovative digital platforms around the world. Mr.
Dudamel also appears as guest conductor with some of the world's most famous musical
institutions: In 2017, he tours Europe with the Berliner Philharmoniker and is the
youngest-ever conductor to lead the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's famous New Year's
Concert, watched annually by more than 50 million people in 90 countries.
Now entering his eighth season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mr. Dudamel's contract
has been extended through the 2021-2022 season. At his initiative, the orchestra has
dramatically expanded the scope of its community outreach programs, including the creation
of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) 10 years ago, influenced by the philosophy of
Venezuela's admired El Sistema. These programs have in turn inspired similar efforts
throughout the United States, as well as in Sweden (Hammarkullen) and Scotland (Raploch).
Currently in his 18th season as music director of the entire El Sistema project in
Venezuela, Mr. Dudamel continues to lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela
as well as on tour.
Recordings, broadcasts, and digital innovations are also fundamental to Mr. Dudamel's
passionate advocacy for universal access to music. A Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2005,
he has made numerous recordings, DVDs, and videos for the label.
Among the most decorated conductors of his generation, Mr. Dudamel received the Americas
Society Cultural Achievement Award in 2016, and the 2014 Leonard Bernstein Lifetime
Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society from the Longy School. In 2013, he
was named Musical America's Musician of the Year and inducted into the Gramophone
Hall of Fame. He received the 2010 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts from MIT, was made a
Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2009, has been named one of TIME
magazine's 100 most influential people, and received the 2008 Q Prize from Harvard.
Mr. Dudamel was born in 1981 in Venezuela. Access to music for all has been the
cornerstone of his philosophy, both professionally and philanthropically.