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Dudamel extends contract with LA Phil through 2022

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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Gustavo Dudamel will remain as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic through 2022, the organization's board announced Friday.

In addition, Dudamel has been made artistic director of the orchestra.

The L.A. Philharmonic Association Board made the announcement from Tokyo during the orchestra's first tour of Asia under Dudamel.

"On behalf of the board, it gives me enormous joy to know that we will continue to share the treasure we have in Gustavo with Los Angeles and beyond for at least the next seven years," L.A. Philharmonic Association Board Chair Diane Paul said in a statement.

Dudamel took over as music director from Esa-Pekka Salonen in the 2009-10 season.

"Conducting in the 'City of Angels' is a magical experience, and I owe so much to so many angels and Angelenos," Dudamel said in a statement. "As I look to the future and how I want to focus my work, it's become clear that it is about a deepening of commitments to my two musical families — my beloved El Sistema and this great orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic."

The Philharmonic performs an array of musical genres — including orchestral, jazz, world and pop — at two of the city's iconic venues, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.