The 2017 New Year’s Concert took place on January 1, 2017, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in the Vienna Musikverein, the home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Gustavo Dudamel, who was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, in 1981, became the youngest conductor in the 75 year history of the New Year’s Concert.
In 2007, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the Vienna Philharmonic for the first time at the Lucerne Festival and made his debut at the Vienna Philharmonic Subscription Concerts in 2011. Dudamel conducted the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn in 2012 and led the orchestra on its traditional Vienna Philharmonic Week in Japan in 2014.
The 2017 New Year’s Concert was broadcast in over 90 countries and followed by up to 50 million television viewers around the world. [See Program of the 2017 New Year’s Concert.]
As an internationally renowned symphonic and operatic conductor, Gustavo Dudamel is motivated by a profound belief in music’s power to unite and inspire. Currently serving as Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the impact of his leadership extends from the greatest concert stages to classrooms, cinemas and innovative digital platforms around the world. Dudamel also appears as guest conductor with some of the world’s most famous musical institutions. In 2017, he becomes the youngest-ever conductor to lead the Vienna Philharmonic’s famous New Year’s Day Concert.
[Photo by Terry Linke.]