Venezuelan classical composer who became the music director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2009. He was also the music director for the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar.
He became interested in composing after first learning to play the violin at age 10. He was educated by the renowned Venezuelan musical education program El Sistema.
He earned a Best Orchestral Performance Grammy Award in 2012 for Brahms Symphony No.4.
He was born to a trombonist and a voice teacher. He married Eloisa Maturen in 2006. The couple had a son named Martin.
He carried on the legacy of such great musicians as Larry Bunker when he became conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.