The Los Angeles Philharmonic is mourning violinist Guido Lamell, who died on July 13 at the age of 68, surrounded by his family.
Lamell, a longtime Santa Monica resident, joined the LA Phil as a violinist in 1979 under Carlo Maria Giulini, after serving two years as associate concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra and one year as concertmaster of the Mexico City Philharmonic.
Lamell performed frequently in the LA Phil’s chamber music and Green Umbrella series and appeared as a recitalist and orchestral soloist. He enjoyed performing in small ensembles and playing chamber music in his home with fellow LA Phil musicians and guest soloists, including Gustavo Dudamel, Emanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, and Sir Simon Rattle.
Lamell was also a teacher in Los Angeles and Santa Monica schools. In Los Angeles, he worked with orchestras and conductors through the LA Phil’s Learning Programs, and in Santa Monica, he was a regular weekly sectional coach for the orchestra programs at Santa Monica High School. On the LA Phil’s tour to Caracas, Venezuela in 2012, Lamell coached two of the El Sistema youth orchestras and gave a conducting master class, in Spanish, to a group of El Sistema conducting students.
Lamell was also very active as a conductor, making his debut in 1988 with the Topanga Philharmonic Orchestra, for which he became music director in 1990. He furthered his conducting studies with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux Conducting School, with Leonard Bernstein at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and in master classes with Jorge Mester. He conducted the LA Phil’s in-school youth concerts, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Orchestra, the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra and the La Sierra College Orchestra.
In 2011, Lamell produced and conducted Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” at Walt Disney Concert Hall as a benefit concert for Japan earthquake relief. The concert was honored with the American Prize, an award given for outstanding classical music performances.
Lamell is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters Brooke and Rachel, and brothers Arpi and Tony. Donations can be made in his memory to the Santa Monica Symphony, Santa Monica Arts Parents Association and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
For information, visit laphil.org.
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