A non-Sistema Venezuelan wields a London baton

Ilyich Rivas, 20, has just made a bit of a splash as the London Philharmonic’s youngest conductor in living memory (the LPO never were the most daring of London orchestras). Taught by his father, former conductor in Denver, Colorado, and mentored by Vladimir Jurowski, Ilyich made his official LPO debut on Friday night. Any good? Jessica Duchen thinks so.

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  • I’m sure Daniel Harding conducted us with the band in Mahlers 2nd when he was 19 – I think his dad paid for the entire gig at the Festival Hall back in the late 80s or early 90s.

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