“the most creative orchestra in america”
When the Los Angeles Philharmonic first rehearsed in Walt Disney Concert Hall, the new experience of its sound was so overwhelming that some of the musicians cried. Music Director Esa-Peka Salonen turned around to where architect Frank Gehry and acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota were sitting and cracked, “We’ll keep it!” The Hall was built for the orchestra, its sound and personality, and the musicians gave the planners lists of features they wanted in their new home, based on what they liked in other famous venues.
Now under the vibrant leadership of Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil is recognized as one of the world’s outstanding orchestras and is received enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike, both at home and abroad. Through broadcasts on radio and television, the orchestra brings the Walt Disney Concert Hall experience to listeners around the world. In 2012, Dudamel and the LA Phil won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance for their live recording of the Brahms Fourth Symphony.