Violinist GUIDO LAMELL joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1979 under Carlo Maria Giulini, after having served for two years as associate concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra and for one year as concertmaster of the Mexico City Philharmonic. Lamell has performed frequently on the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Society and Green Umbrella series, and has appeared widely as a recitalist and orchestral soloist. He particularly loves playing in small ensembles and has enjoyed playing chamber music in his home with some of the Philharmonic’s guest soloists, including Gustavo Dudamel, Emanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Sir Simon Rattle, and others.
In addition, Lamell has been very active as a conductor. Having conducted various local ensembles for many years, he traveled to Kiev in 2000 with celebrated American violin soloist Eugene Fodor to record six concertos with the National Symphony of Ukraine. These recordings received critical acclaim and ultimately proved to be Fodor’s last recordings.
In recent years, Lamell has been coaching orchestras and conductors throughout Los Angeles through the Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Partnership Program. This continued on the Philharmonic’s tour to Caracas, when he coached two of the El Sistema youth orchestras and gave a conducting masterclass (in Spanish) to a group of El Sistema conducting students.
In 2011, he produced and conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall as a benefit concert for Japan earthquake relief. This concert was honored with a reward of the American Prize.
In 2012, Lamell was appointed Music Director of the Santa Monica Symphony and is active in his third season with them. He is excited about bringing Philharmonic-level ideals and enthusiasm to this orchestra in its 70th anniversary season. Visit smsymphony.org.