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American conductor David Handel has achieved an extraordinary reputation as one of the most respected and innovative conductors in Latin America. His fame throughout the continent, imaginative programming and distinctive community approach fill halls wherever he conducts. Since the beginning of his tenure in Bolivia, audience attendance has grown twelve-fold, most of the new audience composed of young concertgoers. Handel’s energy and critical acclaim have made him one of the busiest conductors in Latin America, leading to numerous invitations as guest conductor with the most important orchestras of the region.

First noticed by Kurt Masur, then Music Director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Handel was invited to serve as his apprentice conductor at this historic institution. Since then, he has led orchestras throughout the world, including programs for international radio and television broadcast. In 1993, he was one of a few young conductors selected to conduct the New York Philharmonic in a preview of young conductors at Carnegie Hall. As a guest conductor, David Handel has performed widely in the United States, Europe, Central Asia and in Latin America. He has led numerous first performances and world premières and has to his credit a considerable list of television and compact disc recordings.

Twice a fellow of the prestigious Fulbright Program, David Handel is a laureate of the Chicago Artists International Program and has received numerous awards including two Rackham awards, the Marguerite Lapp Scholarship for Exceptional Musical Talent, two Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council awards, the Decoration of Illimani for outstanding community service in the arts (La Paz, Bolivia), the UNESCO /Pro-Santa Cruz National Prize in Culture (Bolivia), the Pedro D. Murillo Medal of Honor (La Paz, Bolivia) and a fellowship from the Leipzig Gewandhaus (Germany). He has represented the United States in Latin America and Central Asia as a Cultural Ambassador through the US State Department Cultural Specialist Program.

Role: Conductor 
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