Gustavo Dudamel in the Cathedral of Burgos

The conductor Gustavo Dudamel has presented this morning at the Chapel of the Constables of Burgos Cathedral the two concerts that he will conduct in Burgos as part of the commemoration of the VIII Centenary of the Cathedral of Burgos. “Making music in a space as special and divine as the Burgos Cathedral is a privilege. Music is the language of God ", has explained Dudamel.

Dudamel will lead the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on 12 June at 20.15 hours, on the Golden Stairs of the gothic temple. They will be accompanied by the Orfeón Donostiarra and will perform Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony and Mozart's Coronation Mass in C major, with soprano Katharina Kondari, tenor Mauro Peter, mezzo-soprano Marina Viotti and baritone Tareq Nazmi, solo.

On Sunday 13 of June, Dudamel will once again guide the German orchestra and the young Russian pianist Alexandra Dovgan, of only 13 years, at the Evolution Forum, to 20.15 hours. In this case, the repertoire will focus on the figure of Beethoven and on three of his works: Coriolanus opening, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major and Symphony No. 3 in E flat major. These two concerts are the result of collaboration with the Fundación Siglo para el Turismo y las Artes de Castilla y León and are organized by the Fundación VIII Centenario de la Catedral.. Burgos 2021, within the acts of commemoration of the 800 years that the Castilian temple will fulfill the next 20 of July. These concerts “confirm, undoubtedly, an extraordinary cultural milestone ", as highlighted by the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Junta de Castilla y León, Javier Ortega.

Dudamel has also been accompanied by the president and vice president of the VIII Centenario de la Catedral Foundation. Burgos 2021, Mario Iceta and Antonio Miguel Méndez Pozo; Luis April, member of the Board of Protectors of this entity; and the dean of the Burgos Cathedral, Vicente Rebollo. Méndez Pozo has assured that these concerts will be "the previous step to the end of a happy dream" that began with a conversation with Luis Abril, who strongly recommended that Gustavo Dudamel be the artist in charge of "opening Burgos Cathedral to the world through music". Abril has revealed his "unlimited admiration and trust" in the Venezuelan composer, of whom has underlined his "immense talent", "His encyclopedic passion for music" and his courage.

Musical and artistic director of the ‘LA Phil’ and new musical director of the Paris Opera

Gustavo Dudamel finds motivation in his firm belief that music has the power to transform lives, to inspire, and change the world. Through his dynamic presence on the podium and his tireless support of arts education, Dudamel has introduced classical music to new audiences around the world and helped provide access to the arts for countless people in communities without access to them.. As the musical and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, now in its twelfth season, Dudamel's bold programming and expansive vision led the New York Times to declare the Los Angeles Philharmonic "America's most important orchestra".

In april 2021, It was announced that Dudamel will join the Paris Opera as its next musical director for six seasons starting in August 2021. Dudamel has directed more than 30 staged productions, semi-staged and concert-goers on the main stages of the world, including five productions staged with the Teatro alla Scala, productions at the Berlin and Vienna state operas, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and thirteen operas in Los Angeles with a repertoire from Cosí fan tutte to Carmen, of Otello and Tannhäuser, from West Side Story to contemporary operas by composers such as John Adams and Oliver Knussen. As part of his inaugural season as musical director of the Paris Opera, in the fall of 2021 Dudamel will direct performances of Puccini's Turandot and Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.

Believer in the power of music to transform lives through his foundation

Dudamel promotes the power of music to unite, heal and inspire on a global scale. Inspired by his transformative youth experience at El Sistema, Venezuela's immersive music training program, in 2012 created the Dudamel Foundation with the goal of "expanding access to music and the arts by offering tools and opportunities to young people to shape their creative futures". The Dudamel Foundation is transforming the world through art, culture and music. Led by its co-chairs Gustavo Dudamel and María Valverde, the Dudamel Foundation collaborates with institutions around the world to enrich lives through four programmatic areas.

Meetings Spain 2021: Unite the world through music, workshops and concerts

June 2021 the Dudamel Foundation presents its first European Encounters in Spain, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain. A propellant of the power of music to unite and inspire, in 2018 Gustavo created Encuentros through his Foundation as a way to explore cultural unity and celebrate harmony, equality, the dignity, the beauty, and respect through music. With this vision, Encuentros inspires and teaches a new generation of young leaders to build a better world.

In that spirit, The Foundation brings together students from the Americas - Mexico, U.S, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Nicaragua– and from Spain to work side by side in the Encounter Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Gustavo will lead the workshops and concerts with modules and additional master classes led by a faculty of musicians from the world's leading orchestras.. These tutors will provide the young artists of the Dudamel Foundation with musical and leadership training before going on a cultural tour of community concerts in Spain in June 2021.

María Valverde, co-president of the Dudamel Foundation, has organized speakers, specially invited for Encuentros España, a series of workshops that will revolve around the theme "Uniting the world through music". These workshops, to be held in locations of cultural interest in Madrid, focus on the musical perspective of leaders in a wide range of disciplines, exploring topics as complex as “Music, society, science and politics ", "Art and faith", "Culture, creativity and connection ”and“ Social justice through creativity ”.

The workshops and concerts led by Gustavo will take place in June 2021 in Spain: Oviedo, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

More dedicated than ever during the pandemic in bringing music to the community

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Dudamel devoted even more time and energy to his mission to bring music to audiences around the world., convinced that the arts play an essential role in creating a fairer society, peaceful and integrated. A momentous event was the highly anticipated launch of Symphony: A journey to the heart of music, an immersive cinematic experience in virtual reality (VR) in collaboration with the “la Caixa” Foundation and the Dudamel Foundation. Under the baton of Dudamel, the 60 extraordinary mentors from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and 41 young artists of the Dudamel Foundation, representing citizens of 22 countries in 5 continents, bring to life masterpieces from the classical repertoire, while expanding youth access to music and the arts, offering them tools and opportunities to shape their creative futures. The free exhibition, built in two mobile temporary movie theaters, was launched in Barcelona and will be transferred to hundreds of towns in Spain and Portugal so that thousands of people can have access to the power of symphonic music. Symphony also opened its permanent exhibition in April 2021.

Bridges of classical music and popular culture

One of the few classical musicians transformed into a genuine phenomenon of popular culture, Dudamel to conduct Bernstein's legendary score for Steven Spielberg's new adaptation of West Side Story, and will star in a documentary about his life that will be released by Participant Media. He was invited to direct the opening and closing credits music for Star Wars.: The Force awakens, voiced the character of Trollzart in the animated film Trolls 2: DreamWorks world tour, e hizo cameos en Mozart in the Jungle, Sesame Street, The Simpsons and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Performed with the LA Phil at the Academy Awards® 2019, the Super Bowl halftime show 2016 (the first participation of a classical musician) and in 2019 was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.