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The Los Angeles Philharmonic's brilliant Venezuelan Music Director has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people - and conducted penguins on Sesame Street. Find out more about him in out gallery...
Gustavo Dudamel was born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. His father was a trombonist and his mother a voice teacher. He studied music from an early age, becoming involved with El Sistema, the famous Venezuelan musical education programme, and took up the violin at age ten. He continued his education at the Latin American Academy of Violin. Picture: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
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