The new Lebrecht Interview series opens next Monday on the BBC with the longest, deepest conversation that Gustavo Dudamel has ever offered on public media.
Over 45 minutes, we discuss his closest relationships – as an only child, with his parents and José Antonio Abreu; as well as his wife, baby son and the musicians in his two orchestras, the Simon Bolivar and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
He outlines working methods that differ from tradition and from recommended practice for conductors. We discuss politics and religion. He gives the impression of a man who has nothing to hide and who is on a constant upward curve of learning and discovery.
You can hear the interview here at 21.45 London time next Monday, and for a week after on the BBC iplayer.
Here are a couple of shots from the session, taken by producer Paul Frankl.