Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz is one of four participants selected for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2018/2019 Dudamel Fellowship Program. The program will see her conduct the orchestra in Brahms’ First Symphony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in November and December this year. Schwarz joins three other conductors – Nuno Coelho from Portugal, Stephen Mulligan from the USA and Jesús Uzcátegui from Venezuela – in the program that was first launched by Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Music Director Gustavo Dudamel in 2009.

“The most important and fulfilling part of my work is to mentor extraordinary young people,” said Dudamel. “On behalf of the LA Phil, I welcome these four outstanding young conductors into the program and look forward to helping them become their best, as both musicians and people.”

Elena Schwarz, conductor Elena Schwarz. Photo © Priska Ketterer 

The Fellows will work alongside Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians, as well as visiting artists and conductors.

Schwarz – who was last year appointed Assistant Conductorwith the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra under Marko Letonja and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra under Asher Fisch – told Limelightit was wonderful to be selected for the Dudamel Fellowship in LA....

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