by John Stoehr
He's 26 years old and he's the next music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Here, he talks about his experience in Venezuela's El Sistema, the hugely successful government-sponsored program that serves some 250,000 schoolchildren in that country.
This talk occurred before a concert at the BBC Proms broadcast last year by the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, which Dudamel conducts.
The classical world is going ga-ga for this guy, his abundant gifts, his candor, and his enthusiasm for the tradition. You can see why.