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During the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2012/13 season, four conductors will participate in the Dudamel Fellowship Program. Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, created the Dudamel Fellowship Program in 2009 to provide a unique opportunity for promising young conductors from around the world to develop their craft and enrich their musical experience through personal mentorship and participation in the LA Phil's orchestral, education and community programs.
The fellows will work alongside Dudamel and musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and will also work with students in key LA Phil education programs. The program for each of the fellows will run separately for approximately 4-6 weeks each. The fellows will hone their skills through observation and application, such as conducting Los Angeles Philharmonic youth concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, conducting Los Angeles Philharmonic Neighborhood Concerts, participating as a cover conductor, and serving as mentors themselves through participation in LA Phil education programs such as Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA).
The Dudamel Fellowship Program was launched in conjunction with Gustavo Dudamel's 2009/10 inaugural season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
2012/13 Dudamel Fellows
October 8-November 18
December 31-January 15
October 27, 2012, at 11 a.m.
November 3, 2012, at 11 a.m.
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Ravel's Mother Goose
Rafael Payare recently came to international attention by winning the 2012 Malko Competition in Copenhagen. Since he began his formal conducting studies in 2004 with José Antonio Abreu, Rafael has developed a flourishing career, having conducted all the major orchestras in Venezuela including the Simón Bolívar Orchestra both in Caracas and in Toronto as part of their 2009 Canadian tour. Maestro Abreu remains Rafael’s principal conducting mentor.
As an assistant conductor, he has worked under Gustavo Dudamel, most notably for his co-production of “Carmen” with the Teatro alla Scala, as well as for the Simón Bolívar Orchestra’s 2010 European tour. Rafael also served as assistant conductor to Claudio Abbado for his performance of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra.
In August 2010, Daniel Barenboim personally invited him to observe his rehearsals with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in preparation for their international tour, and Rafael was selected to participate in Bernard Haitink’s Luzern master-classes in April 2011 and March 2012..
In the coming seasons, Rafael will debut with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Palau de les Arts in Valencia.
November 19-December 9
February 11-March 26
December 1, 2012, at 11 a.m.
December 8, 2012, at 11 a.m.
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The Firebird (Igor Stravinsky)
Elegant technique and great communication skills as conductor put the Venezuelan musician Dietrich Paredes in the vanguard of music in Latin America. As chief conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Caracas (YOC), Paredes has carried out valuable and fruitful work that has helped the orchestra improve and develop. Paredes led the YOC on its first international tours: in Norway, at the Bergen International Festival, as well as at many prestigious concert halls in Oslo; and in China and Korea, both in 2011. In February 2012, he was invited to guest conduct the Bergen Youth Orchestra in Oslo, and in April, the Central American Youth Orchestra in El Salvador. In May 2012, he led the YOC in Lisbon and Oporto, and after the success in Portugal, he led his orchestra again in Norway, conducting concerts in Oslo, Hokksund, Drammen, Moss, Hamar, and Lillehammer.
In the past, he served as guest conductor of the Carlos Chávez Orchestra in Mexico (2005) and of the Sodre Youth Orchestra in Montevideo, Uruguay (2009). He also served as music director of the Jóvenes Arcos de Venezuela orchestra during its successful 2004 tour of Argentina.
This young maestro started a successful career as violinist in 1989 under the guidance of Rubén Cova, Ulyses Ascanio, Santiago Garmendia, and José Francisco del Castillo. Paredes has also studied with renowned violinists such as Augustin Dumay, Olivier Charlier, Virginie Robilliard, Aaron Rosand, Maurice Hasson, Yossy Zivoni, Daniel Stabrawa, Eugene Fodor, and Igor Oistrakh, among others.
As a violin player, he won first prize at the Third International Competition for young violinists held in Argentina in 1991, and was a member of the first violin section of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and the Mercosur Youth Symphony Orchestra, with which he performed in Brazil. In 2002 he entered the Youth Orchestra of the Americas by competitive audition to play as concertmaster at its debut concert.
January 18-February 24
January 26, 2013, at 11 a.m.
February 2, 2013, at 11 a.m.
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Pictures at an Exhibition
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla was discovered by the German Conducting Forum – Deutscher Dirigentenforum in April 2009 and has since benefitted from their conducting program and support. Starting with the 2011/2012 season, she became 2nd Kapellmeister of the Theater Heidelberg for two consecutive seasons which enabled Ms. Grazinyte-Tyla to conduct many opera productions and symphonic concerts. In April 2012, Ms. Grazinyte-Tyla won the prestigious “Nestle and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” selected from 91 applicants by a jury chaired by Maestro Ingo Metzmacher, thus giving her the opportunity to conduct the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a symphonic concert at the Salzburger Festspiele in Salzburg in August 2012.
Praised as a dynamic, profound and extremely talented young conductor, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, was one of the revelations of the 2009 Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar in Bonn, Germany on “the Art of Conducting Beethoven”. As a result she was invited back to Bonn in December 2009 by the Beethoven Orchester and its music director Stefan Blunier to participate in the “Beethoven Night”. In addition, Maestro Kurt Masur invited her to share the podium with him and two other conductors for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in December 2010 - Mirga conducted the second movement of the symphony.
Highlights of Ms. Grazinyte-Tyla’s concert career to date included several productions at the Theater Heidelberg such as “Aida and Carmen”, a contemporary opera “Las Cartas de Frida” by the renowned Mexican composer Marcela Rodriguez; Traviata in Osnabrück, concerts with the MDR Orchestra Leipzig with Stravinsky’s “Firebird”, with the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, with the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra as well as a collaboration with the Camerata Salzburg and the Bergische Symphoniker, Remscheid, Germany.
A native of Vilnius, Lithuania, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla was born into a musical family. Before pursuing her studies at the Music Conservatory Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig in 2008, she graduated with a bachelor degree in choral and orchestral conducting from the University of Music and Fine Arts, Graz, Austria. From 2007 until 2008 she furthered her studies at the Music Conservatory in Bologna, Italy. She has participated in numerous master classes and conducting workshops and worked with many established
conductors and professors such as Christian Ehwald, George Alexander Albrecht, Johannes Schlaefli, Collin Metters and Kurt Masur.
In 2007 she was the recipient of the First Prize of the International Competition for Young Choral Conductors in Budapest, Hungary and in 2008 she won the third prize at the International Conducting Competition in Stavanger, Norway.
April 1-May 12
April 13, 2013, at 11 a.m.
April 20, 2013, at 11 a.m.
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Pictures at an Exhibition
Christopher James Lees is a promising young American conductor becoming increasingly recognized for his energized and nuanced performances of both standard and adventurous repertoire.
In 2011-2012, Mr. Lees made debuts with the Detroit, Toledo, and Portland (Maine) Symphonies and served as an assistant conductor for multiple concert programs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony for Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, Stéphane Danève, Bramwell Tovey, and many others. He has also previously appeared in performance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and at the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordao in Brazil, among others.
After two summers of study with Robert Spano at the Aspen Music Festival, Mr. Lees was named winner of both the 2011 James Conlon Conducting Prize and the 2012 Aspen Conducting Prizes, respectively. In 2013, Mr. Lees will return for a third summer as Assistant Conductor for the Aspen Music Festival.
Mr. Lees was honored as one of only six conductors selected for the 2011 Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation National Conductor Preview, hosted by the League of American Orchestras and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Trained as a pianist and equally comfortable in the opera pit, Mr. Lees has been Music Director for full productions of Don Giovanni & Little Women, and was Assistant Conductor for The Great Gatsby by John Harbison with the Aspen Opera Theater Center.
A passionate advocate for music of our time, Mr. Lees has given numerous performances of contemporary orchestral and chamber repertoire, and has collaborated closely with Pulitzer Prize winning composers William Bolcom, Joseph Schwantner, Jennifer Higdon, and Roger Reynolds, among others. As Music Director for the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, Mr. Lees gained a reputation for conducting premiere performances, many in alternative concert formats, and curating innovative programs that connect contemporary chamber music with diverse art forms.