My relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra brought me many times to London and I will always reflect positively on that early period of development with them – their patience their warmth their dedication.
I love to travel but sometimes it’s nice to stay in one place.
A friend gave me a CD of the ‘Pathetique’ Symphony as a Christmas present. I went home and I put on the CD expecting to listen to Tchaikovsky. But it started ‘ta ta ta taaa.’ It was too long for me. I didn’t understand it at first but then I fell in love in love in love.
In my imagination yes I remember when I was six years old I was conducting all this concert in my house. But now it’s real.
Going to a concert can sometimes be very difficult. It can be a long journey. There’s the ticket prices. But when the music goes to the community – not the community coming to the concert – they say ‘Wow! I didn’t know that this music was so amazing!’
Recently I went to a disco with friends and all the young people were saying ‘Dudamel we want to go to your concert but it’s impossible because it’s sold out.’ It’s really amazing.
Whenever I listen to a children’s orchestra I learn. They feel everything they enjoy everything they have amazing energy.