Four conductors have been selected for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Dudamel Fellowships, a new program that gives young conductors personal mentorship from Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the chance to participate in the LA Phil’s orchestral, education, and community programs. The conductors are Manuel Lopez (26, Caracas, Venezuela), Jean-Michael Lavoie (28, Paris, France/Montreal, Canada), Joshua Weilerstein (22, Boston, Mass.), and David Afkham (27, Freiburg, Germany). From September 2010 to April 2011, each of the four will spend four to six weeks in residence in Los Angeles in a variety of activities with the orchestra, including free Neighborhood Concerts at community centers, churches, and other local venues, as well as leading LA Phil youth concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall and serving as mentors themselves through participation in the orchestra’s education programs, such as Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.

Posted August 11, 2010