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Gustavo Dudamel wins the Gish Prize, a top arts honor

/ 05:18 PM October 18, 2018
Gustavo Dudamel

In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel conducts musicians from the LA Phil, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) at the Celebrate LA: LA Phil 100 x CicLAvia event outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown Los Angeles. Image: Damian Dovarganes / AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel has been named the recipient of a top arts prize worth approximately $250,000 (about P13.5 million) for his craft and music education advocacy.

The 37-year-old Venezuelan conductor will receive the 25th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize during a ceremony Dec. 4 at New York’s Lincoln Center. Architect Frank Gehry, a previous Gish Prize recipient, will be among those who speak at the ceremony.

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The prize is named for the Gish sisters, who were early Hollywood stars and made large donations to benefit the arts community upon their deaths.

Dudamel says in a statement that he is humbled by the recognition, and that it makes him want to redouble his efforts to have the arts reach as many people as possible.

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He serves as the music and artistic director of the LA Philharmonic and has stressed the importance of music education during appearances at the White House, United Nations and during a 2017 the Nobel Prize Concert. AB

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