Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Glenn Gould Prize - Jose Antonio Abreu

Well deserved award!

Abreu is the father of "El Sistema," a national music-education system focused on developing the talents of mostly impoverished children in every part of Venezuela. The program is directly responsible for the international prominence of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, which Abreu founded in 1975, and of its 27-year-old conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, who was recently appointed incoming music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Several other countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe are developing programs based on El Sistema.

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