LA Philharmonic Announces 2021-22 Dudamel Fellowship Program Participants

By Francisco Salazar

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced the 2021-22 Dudamel Fellowship Program participants.

This year the program has chosen Spanish conductor François López-Ferrer, French conductor Chloé van Soeterstède, Colombian conductor Camilo Téllez, and Venezuelan conductor Enluis Montes Olivar.

The program which was created in 2009 will provide an 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 LA Philharmonic’s orchestral, learning and community programs.

Fellows will work alongside Gustavo Dudamel and musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as visiting artists and conductors. They will also be able to participate as both cover conductors and as conductors, and serving as mentors themselves through participation in programs such as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles).

López-Ferrer has conducted the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orquesta Nacional de España, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Berner Symphonieorchester, Orquesta Sinfónica Radio Televisión Española (RTVE), and Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, among others.  He has served as as an Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the May Festival.

Meanwhile, Van Soeterstède is set to make debuts this season with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra (Madrid), Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Valladolid), Tenerife Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, Gävle Symphony (Sweden), and Bournemouth Symphony. She is the founder of the Arch Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra based in London.

Téllez is the Associate Conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra and has conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Palm Beach Symphony, Florianopolis Camerata, and the Manizales Symphony Orchestra.

Olivar made his debut at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has also performed and belongs to the new generation of young conductors of El Sistema.