Directed by LA Philartistic director of Gustave Dudamel and composer Maria Valverdethere “Encuentros (Meetings) LA 2022“Global Leadership and Music Education Program for Young Musicians, kicked off July 19 at the hollywood bowl and will end on August 4, 2022.
The two-week “Encuentros” program was also introduced as part of LA Phil’s 100th anniversary season. More than 100 top young musicians between the ages of 18 and 26 worked side by side in the Encuentros Orchestra.
Program rehearsals are conducted by Dudamel and LA Phil Dudamel Fellowsas well as sections and masterclasses led by LA Phil musicians and guest artists from top orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Opéra National de Paris, Orchester symphonique Simón Bolívar, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile and the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart.
“Encuentros” also involves community initiatives, mentoring opportunities with the YOLA National Day, and projects across Los Angeles. Performances include a “Musical Encounters with Dudamel and Esperanza Spalding” concert tour, with a world premiere LA Phil commissioned by Giancarlo Castro D’Addonaon August 2, 2022and a concert at UC Berkeley’s William Randolph Hearst Greek Theater on August 4, 2022.
“I have always believed that every child should have the opportunity to learn at the highest level,” Dudamel said. in the press release. “And so it’s a dream for María and I to be able to create this beautiful Met, where talented young musicians from around the world have the chance to work with some of the most incredible artists in our field. We try to build a community together based on empathy, discipline, respect and inclusion.
“This shared experience is not just about making music, it is the cultural, social and spiritual act of creation,” added Valverde, co-president of the Dudamel Foundation. “Sharing conversations and experiences with these incredible role models will give us all space to experiment and grow, and together we hope to inspire a new generation of leaders to build a better world together.”