Dudamel lands $250,000 award

Dudamel lands $250,000 award


norman lebrecht

October 18, 2018

The Los Angeles Philharmonic music director is to receive the 25th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, endowed by the early movie stars.

How did he get that?

Among recent winners is the Disney Hall architect Frank Gehry, who might have put in a good word.

Dude says he is ‘humbled’.


  • Anon says:

    Bleuch. I hope he donates the money to help some of the two million Venezuelan immigrants, victims of the government that he was so tight with for so many years. Maybe he could follow Gabriela Montero’s lead and actually help some struggling Venezuelan musicians rather than talking vaguely about peace love and harmony.

  • boringfileclerk says:

    Glad to hear! Can’t wait to see where his career will go in five years. And he can certainly use the cash!

  • Tim says:

    He probably deserves it,

    But in a world of scarce monetary resources for classical musicians, must we keep channeling so many of the “rewards”, with their consequent money prizes and prestige, into the handful of music institutions/persons that already have both in abundance?

  • Tiredofitall says:

    Is a long established artist, reportedly earning millions, really the most deserving or appropriate recipient of a large cash “prize”? How do adjudicators justify this when there are countless talented struggling artists out there? This is hardly the only such prize, but the rationale has always puzzled me. I don’t think I’d be as “humbled” as slightly embarrassed.

  • Hamklav says:

    Maybe he could use it to help the 30% of his Venezuelan compatriots who can only afford one meal a day…

  • The View from America says:

    Just what the Dud(e) needs: more money.