Gustavo Dudamel to Receive Honorary Degree at Harvard University

By Francisco Salazar

Harvard University has announced that Gustavo Dudamel will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Music.

The university said, “Known for his dynamic musicianship and his devotion to the power of the arts, Gustavo Dudamel is an internationally renowned conductor. Currently the music and artistic director of both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, he will become the music and artistic director of the New York Philharmonic in 2026. He has conducted major orchestras worldwide, featuring works by composers from Beethoven to Mahler to John Adams, and his discography includes more than 65 recordings.”

The citation added, “Born in Venezuela, he began violin studies as a child through the celebrated El Sistema program. By his teens he had distinguished himself as a conductor, becoming music director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at 18 and winning the inaugural Gustav Mahler Competition at 23. He is a passionate advocate for music education through his work with Youth Orchestra Los Angeles as well as the Dudamel Foundation. Named one of Time’s most influential people in 2009, he has received such honors as Spain’s Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, the Konex Foundation Classical Music Award, and the International Society for the Performing Arts’ Distinguished Artist Award.”

This season, Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Palau de la Música Catalana, Philharmonie de Paris, and The Barbican. He also conducts the Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic, among others.