The Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar (Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra) is a Venezuelan orchestra. Named after the Venezuelan national hero Simón Bolívar, it is the apex of the nation's system of youth orchestras, although by 2011, it was no longer officially a youth orchestra because the average age of the players had risen too high. The country's national youth orchestra is now the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra.
The economist José Antonio Abreu established the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar on 12 February 1975. Gustavo Dudamel has been the orchestra's artistic director since 1999. The orchestra has worked with many famous conductors including Claudio Abbado and Simon Rattle.
Past BBC Events
Proms 2016: Prom 67
Proms 2011: Prom 29: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra plays Mahler
Proms 2007: Prom 48
Performances & Interviews from Similar Artists
Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A major – excerpt (Prom 74)
Brahms: Variations on the St Anthony Chorale, Op 56a – excerpt (Prom 74)
Lang Lang: "Music is beyond cultural boundaries"
Lang Lang plays Tchaikovsky live in the studio
Lang Lang discusses Chopin and Tchaikovsky with Steve Wright
A bit of a romp
"Dance, Salome, dance for me!"
Lang Lang gets bigged up by Steve Wright