Do you remember the first time you heard Mahler’s music?
Dudamel: It was years ago, and rather funny; my father played the trombone in a salsa group and was also playing with an orchestra. I remember finding the third trombone part of Mahler’s 1st Symphony. I recall taking my father’s trombone and trying to play [imitates a trombone] … I was maybe 11 or 12 years old at the time, and I was playing the violin. But I remember a recording of the 1st; I received it as a gift from an uncle. That was the first Mahler I ever listened to.