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The BID pays tribute to Gustavo Dudamel

The director of the Venezuelan orchestra Gustavo Dudamel will give the Enrique Iglesias conference on December 14th in Washington, with which the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) pays homage to those who are distinguished for their service to the arts in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The IDB made the announcement, highlighting "its artistic achievements and its work for the social integration of young people through music."

Composer and musical director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel is at his 35 years one of the greatest names of Latin American academic music.

He soon became involved in the National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela, a musical training program founded by his mentor, José Antonio Abreu, and open to children of all walks of life who have inspired similar initiatives around the world . To these young people, Dudamel dedicates 25 weeks a year, according to the IDB.

The conference with which he has been distinguished for was created in 2012 and in previous editions was given by the former president of the IDB and former Ibero-American secretary general Enrique Iglesias, who gives him a name, and the Brazilian writer Nélida Piñón.

The committee that elected Dudamel included Iglesias, the current IDB president, Luis Alberto Moreno; The Minister of Culture of Chile, Ernesto Ottone; The Nicaraguan writer Gioconda Belli and the Peruvian-American author Marie Arana.