The Telegraph

Acelebrated Venezuelan composer who was the pride of his country’s government has turned against the nation’s leaders, telling President Nicolas Maduro: “Enough is enough.”

Gustavo Dudamel, 36-year-old conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, whose prodigious talent inspired Gael Garcia Bernal’s character in Mozart in the Jungle, has long been championed by Caracas politicians.

A proud product of El Sistema – Venezuela’s music education programme, which is funded and roundly praised by the country’s leaders – Mr Dudamel is a rock star among classical musicians.

He remains music director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, encouraging young musicians, which originated as a part of El Sistema.  In 2013 he cancelled a performance with the LA Philharmonic to attend Hugo Chavez’s funeral, and in 2015 he wrote an essay for the Los Angeles Times entitled: “Why I don’t talk Venezuelan politics”.

Yet in recent months, as protests against Mr Maduro’s regime have turned violent and caused the deaths of over 30 demonstrators, Mr Dudamel has been criticised for his silence.

On Thursday he finally spoke out, saying: “I raise my voice against violence” and telling his country’s leaders to end their brutal dispersal of demonstrations.

“I raise my voice against any form of repression. Nothing justifies bloodshed,” he said.

“We must stop ignoring the just cry of the people suffocated by an intolerable crisis.”

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