L.A. Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel and wife file for divorce

Gustavo Dudamel, the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and his wife, Eloisa Maturen, have filed for a divorce. The two have been married for nine years.
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Gustavo Dudamel, the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and his wife, Eloisa Maturen, are seeking a divorce, according to documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Dudamel’s New York spokeswoman confirmed the couple’s split.

The Venezuelan couple have been married for nine years and have a 3-year-old son, Martin Dudamel Maturen, who was born in Los Angeles in 2011.

Maturen cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce, according to the papers. The documents, filed on March 3, show that Maturen is asking for joint legal custody of their son and spousal support from Dudamel.


She is seeking actual physical custody of their son, with visitation rights for Dudamel. The couple married in 2005, but the court papers didn’t say when they separated.

Dudamel and his family have maintained a home in Los Angeles since he became the L.A. Phil’s music director in 2009. The conductor purchased another home, this one in the Los Feliz neighborhood, earlier this year.

Real-estate records show that the five-bedroom home was purchased in January for approximately $2.8 million. The records list only Dudamel’s name as the buyer.

Maturen has worked as a dancer and journalist in her native Venezuela. Her lawyer didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dudamel, 34, is currently on tour with the L.A. Philharmonic in Asia. When asked for a comment, his New York spokeswoman sent a statement via e-mail: “Gustavo Dudamel’s private life is just that -– private.”

The conductor earned $1.4 million in compensation from the L.A. Philharmonic for the fiscal year ending September 2013, according to the orchestra’s tax documents.

Dudamel also serves as music director of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and regularly guest conducts with other companies around the world.

Los Angeles Times staff writers Stephen Ceasar and Christie D’Zurilla contributed to this report.


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