The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced Wednesday it has extended the contract of music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel through the 2025-26 season.
Dudamel joined the philharmonic as music director in 2009-10, and his original five-year contract was later extended through the 2018-19 season. In 2015, the philharmonic later extended his contract through 2021-22 and gave him the additional title of artistic director.
“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,” said Thomas L. Beckmen, chairman of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association board. “I join the board, and I suspect all of Los Angeles, in saying, `Bravo, Gustavo!”’
In a statement, Dudamel said, “Looking back at the first decade in Los Angeles with my orchestra makes me indescribably happy. 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.”
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