The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association selected the four conductors who will participate in the 2021-22 Dudamel Fellowship Program.
François López-Ferrer, Chloé van Soeterstède, Camilo Téllez and Enluis Montes Olivar were named the fellows for the 2021-22 program.
López-Ferrer will conduct symphonies for elementary schools. The Spanish-American conductor came to international attention after a debut at the 2018 Verbier Festival, where he substituted for Iván Fischer in a shared program with Sir Simon Rattle and Gábor Takács-Nagy.
French conductor van Soeterstède, who will conduct secondary school symphonies, is attracting the attention of orchestras across the globe for her intuitive, sensitive, expressive music making and her charming and positive presence on the podium. She is praised repeatedly for her attention to detail, her energy and enthusiasm and her efficiency in rehearsal. Many orchestras are re-inviting her, and the coming seasons will bring many debuts across Europe and North America.
Colombian conductor Téllez currently serves as associate conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz. In 2019, he was a finalist at the Amsterdam Conservatorium Competition, where he had the opportunity to conduct the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Hague Ensemble. He will conduct symphonies for youth.
Belonging to the new generation of young conductors of El Sistema, Venezuelan musician Montes Olivar has an innovative spirit in the search for new sounds. On July 22, Enluis made his debut at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with more than 10,000 people in the audience.
Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, in partnership with the L.A. Phil, 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 L.A. Phil’s orchestral, learning and community programs.
“I am so deeply proud of all that we have achieved with our fellows program, and it gives me great inspiration to welcome such a diverse group of talented young conductors to Los Angeles,” Dudamel said.
The fellows will work alongside Dudamel and musicians of the Philharmonic, as well as students. l as visiting artists and conductors, and students in key L.A. Phil learning programs.
The program for each of the fellows will run separately. The fellows will hone their skills through observation and application, participating as both cover conductors and conductors, and serve as mentors themselves through participation in programs such as Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.
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