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An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2005, Grammy-winner Gustavo Dudamel has numerous recordings on the label, as well as many video/DVD releases that capture the excitement of significant moments of his musical life. He is one of the most decorated conductors of his generation; recent distinctions include the 2014 Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society from the Longy School, 2013 Musical America’s Musician of the Year and induction into Gramophone Hall of Fame, 2010 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, 2009 Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people, 2008 Q Prize from Harvard, along with several honorary doctorates. Gustavo Dudamel was born in Venezuela in 1981. Access to music for all has been the cornerstone of Gustavo’s philosophy both professionally and philanthropically.
CAMERON CARPENTER, ORGAN Cameron Carpenter is having a ball smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music— all the while generating worldwide acclaim and controversy. His repertoire—from the complete works of J. S. Bach to film scores, his original works, and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements—is probably the most diverse of any organist. He is the first organist ever nominated for a Grammy Award for a solo album. Carpenter regularly appears as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras, and signed in 2013 an exclusive multi-album recording contract with Sony Classical. In 2014, he launched his International Touring Organ—a monumental digital organ of his own design, playable throughout the world—with two Lincoln Center concerts and the release of the Sony 8
album If You Could Read My Mind, and a 31concert tour to Europe, the U.S., and the UK. As a keyboard prodigy, he performed Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier at age 11 before joining the American Boychoir School in 1992 as a boy soprano. During his four years of high school studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts, he made his first studies in orchestration and orchestral composition, and transcribed for the organ more than 100 major works, including Gustav Mahler’s complete Symphony No. 5. Cameron continued composing after moving to New York City in 2000 to attend the Juilliard School. While there, he composed art songs; the symphonic poem Child of Baghdad (2003) for orchestra, chorus, and ondes Martenot; his first substantial works for solo organ; and numerous organ arrangements of piano works by Chopin, Godowsky, Grainger, Ives, Liszt, Medtner, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, and others. Cameron received a master’s degree from Juilliard in 2006. The same year, he began his worldwide organ concert tours, giving numerous debuts at venues