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Violinist GUIDO LAMELL joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1979 under Carlo Maria Giulini, after having served for two years as associate concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra and for one year as concertmaster of the Mexico City Philharmonic. Lamell has performed frequently in the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Society and Green Umbrella series, and has appeared widely as a recitalist and orchestral soloist. He particularly loves playing in small ensembles and has enjoyed playing chamber music with some of the Philharmonic’s guest soloists, including Emanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Leonidas Kavakos, and others.
In addition, Lamell is becoming ever more passionate about conducting. In 1988 he made his local conducting debut with the Topanga Philharmonic, and in 1990 he became the ensemble’s music director. In 2000, he traveled to Kiev to conduct recordings of six violin concertos with American violinist Eugene Fodor and the National Symphony of Ukraine. In recent years, Lamell has been coaching conductors and ensembles throughout Los Angeles through the Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Partnership program. This continued on the Philharmonic’s recent tour to Caracas, when he coached two of the youth orchestras of El Sistema and gave a conducting master class (in Spanish) to a group of the Dudamel conducting fellows. In June of 2011, Lamell produced and conducted a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall as a benefit concert for Japan earthquake relief. This concert included over 250 of Los Angeles’ finest musicians and was received with great critical acclaim.