Gustavo Dudamel leads the New York Philharmonic in a recent performance. Photo by Chris Lee.

“Gustavo Dudamel, the charismatic conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic … will leave his post in 2026 to become the music director of the New York Philharmonic, both orchestras announced on Tuesday,” Javier C. Hernández in Tuesday’s (2/7) New York Times. “The appointment of Dudamel, 42, is a major coup for the New York Philharmonic, the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States … Its home, David Geffen Hall, has reopened after a $550 million renovation, and it has secured in Dudamel the rare maestro whose fame transcends classical music … His departure is a significant loss for Los Angeles, where since 2009 Dudamel has helped … turn the orchestra into one of the most innovative and financially successful in the United States. He was lured east by Deborah Borda, the New York Philharmonic’s powerful president and chief executive … She signed the 26-year-old Dudamel to the Los Angeles Philharmonic back when she led that ensemble … In New York, Dudamel will be given the expanded title of music and artistic director, to match his current role. He will succeed Jaap van Zweden — first as music director designate in the 2025-26 season, then as the orchestra’s 27th music director in the 2026-27 season.”