Los Angeles, CA (August 15, 2016) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced the three conductors who will participate in the 2016/17 Dudamel Fellowship Program – Paulo Bortolameolli, Elim Chan and Kahchun Wong. Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, created the Dudamel Fellowship Program in 2009 to provide a unique opportunity for promising young conductors from around the world to develop their craft and enrich their musical experience through personal mentorship and participation in the LA Phil’s orchestral, education and community programs.
“As we enter the eighth year of this program, I am extremely proud to be working with these young, exceptional conductors from all over the world,” commented Dudamel. “The LA Phil’s commitment to training, encouraging and supporting talent provides an extraordinary opportunity for these Fellows to learn and grow.”
The Fellows will work alongside Dudamel and musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as visiting artists and conductors, and will also work with students in key LA Phil education programs. The program for each of the Fellows will run separately. The Fellows will hone their skills through observation and application, such as conducting Los Angeles Philharmonic youth concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, participating as cover conductors, and serving as mentors themselves through participation in programs such as Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA).
2016/17 Dudamel Fellows
JAN 23-FEB 26, 2017 and MAY 15-28, 2017
The Art of the Piano SFY/SFS
Praised by composer George Crumb for his "sensitive and insightful interpretation", conductor Paolo Bortolameolli brings a visual, synthetic and collaborative approach to music that is infused by his fascination for and interplay among the arts. With his passion for connecting the 21st century audience to the concert stage, Mr. Bortolameolli enjoys conducting orchestral music, working with youth orchestras, collaborating with today’s composers, lecturing and writing.
During 2014/2015 season was Cover Conductor of internationallyrenowned conductor Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was also Principal Conductor of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra during the 2012-2013 season.
In 2013 has a major professional debut along with Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago (Chile), celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of the premiere of the Rite of Spring in a performance acclaimed by the public and the critic who rewarded him with the Special Award from the Chilean Critics Association.
During the following 10 months he debuted in front of every major orchestra of his country including: Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, Orquesta de la Universidad de Concepción, Orquesta USACH, Orquesta de Cámara de Chile, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil.
In 2016 will Debut as Opera Conductor with Tancredi (Rossini) at Teatro Municipal de Santiago Opera Season. Also in Chile, where he was named 100 young leaders of the country by the national Magazine Sábado in 2007, Mr. Bortolameolli has been the Principal Conductor of the Youth Orchestra Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Colina (2009 – 2011) as well as Assistant Conductor of the USACH Orchestra and the Faculty of Arts Orchestra (OFA).
OCT 17-DEC 11, 2016
Born in Hong Kong, Elim Chan became the first female winner of the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition in December 2014 as a result of which she holds the position of Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for 2015/16. From the 2017/18 season she assumes the title of Chief Conductor of NorrlandsOperan for three seasons.
Diary highlights include her debut with the Mariinsky Orchestra in spring 2016 as a result of a personal invitation from Valeriy Gergiev (both in St Petersburg and on tour in Mexico with Behzod Abduraimov as soloist), her debut at the Lucerne Festival with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in August 2016 in a programme of Bartók, Adams and Saariaho and, in spring 2017 her North American debut with Detroit Symphony and a return visit to Hong Kong Philharmonic. Other upcoming engagements include debuts for Lucerne Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre National de Belgique, Australian Youth Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Norrkoping Symphony, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and re-invitations to Orchestre National de Lille and Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento. She returns to Mexico in May 2016 to debut with Orquesta Filarmonica de Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico.
Previous engagements include her debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa and the Orchestre de la Francophonie as part of the NAC Summer Music Institute in 2012 where she worked with Pinchas Zuckerman, her participation in the Musical Olympus Festival, St Petersburg, workshops with the Cabrillo Festival and Baltimore Symphony orchestras (with Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz and Gustav Meier). She also took part in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink in Lucerne in Spring 2015.
Elim Chan holds degrees from Smith College and the University of Michigan. Whilst there, she served as Music Director of the University of Michigan Campus Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Pops Orchestra. She also received the Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship in 2013.
DEC 12-18, 2016 and MAR 27-MAR 14, 2017
Wilshire United Methodist Community Concert
An innovative and passionate force both on and off the conductor’s podium, Singaporean-born conductor Kahchun Wong is one of Asia’s most dynamic young conductors. In May 2016, he was awarded 1st Prize at the 5th Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, making a strong impression with his natural musical instinct and maturity for both canonic and modern repertoire.
Engagements for 2016 and 2017 include the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Lyric Opera, St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at the Musical Olympus Festival, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.
A personal initiative that Wong is spearheading with the Asian Contemporary Ensemble in June 2016 is "musi/care: festival without borders", which is a two-week long project involving not only professional musicians, but also elementary school students and 10 different voluntary and welfare organisations in Singapore, ranging from hospitals to eldercare centres, and juvenile shelters to movements for the intellectually disabled. A protégé of Kurt Masur, Wong was handpicked by the maestro to attend five of his highly sought-after international conducting seminars, which culminated in a week of assistantship at the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in September 2013. He also enjoys a close association with Bernard Haitink, who has invited him twice to his masterclass in conducting at the Lucerne Easter Festival; Esa-Pekka Salonen, who gave him the opportunity to work with the Philharmonia Orchestra as an assistant conductor finalist; and Robert Spano, who selected him as a conducting fellow of the Aspen Music Festival's American Academy for Conducting over two consecutive summers Born in 1986, Wong began musical studies on the cornet at the age of 7. As the first-ever recipient of the distinguished Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship (Public Service Commission) in the field of Arts and Culture, he continued his studies in opera and orchestral conducting with Christian Ehwald and Hans-Dieter Baum at the Hanns-Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin, Germany