LA Phil names new associate conductor

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced the promotion of assistant conductor Paolo Bortolameolli to associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) for a one-year term, extending his contract through the 2019-20 season.

Bortolameolli first became assistant conductor at the beginning of the 2017-18 season after working as a Dudamel Conducting Fellow in the 2016-17 season. He made his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut conducting a Toyota Symphony for Youth Concert and then his Hollywood Bowl debut in August 2018.

Speaking of his appointment, LA Phil music and artistic director, Gustavo Dudamel, said: “Since the first time I saw him conduct, Paolo’s talents have been both obvious and impressive. I have enjoyed watching him grow in our conducting fellowship programme and as our assistant conductor, and now we feel fortunate that he will continue in the role of associate conductor.”

During his time as assistant conductor, Bortolameolli will stand as guest conductor-in-residence of The Orchestra of the Americas. He is also set to make appearances with Houston, Cincinnati, Detroit and Vancouver symphony orchestras during his upcoming season, and has dates with Orchestra della Toscana and Gulbenkian Orchestra.

Said Bortolameolli: “Serving as both a Dudamel Fellow and assistant conductor for the LA Phil has afforded me tremendous growth, both personally and professionally. I’m very grateful to be able to build upon this invaluable experience and continue this journey with such an esteemed orchestra.”