Gustavo Dudamel has been named musician of the year by Musical America, an online publication that covers classical music, and his photograph will grace the cover of its annual printed international directory of the performing arts for 2013.
“Rarely has a young artist captured the public fancy so completely,” Sedgwick Clark, editor of the Musical America Directory, said in an article on the Musical America website. Clark said that Dudamel’s selection was sealed as far back as 2011, when it became known that Carnegie Hall was planning a Voices from Latin America festival for the fall.
The monthlong festival begins Thursday with a concert by Gilberto Gil, and Dudamel, 31, will be part of it, conducting the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela Dec. 10-11 and taking part in a Dec. 8 panel discussion about El Sistema, Venezuela's acclaimed training program for young musicians that counts him as its most famous graduate.
Dudamel will receive his award in a ceremony Dec. 6 at New York’s Lincoln Center – as will the other honorees, including his mentor, El Sistema founder Jose Antonio Abreu, who is Musical America’s educator of the year.