The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil, LAP, or LAPO) is an American orchestra based in Los Angeles, California, United States. It has a regular season of concerts from October through June at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and a summer season at the Hollywood Bowl from July through September. Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel is the current music director.
The orchestra is widely regarded as the most "contemporary minded", "forward thinking", "talked about and innovative", "venturesome and admired" orchestra in America. As Salonen himself described it, "We are interested in the future. We are not trying to re-create the glories of the past, like so many other symphony orchestras."