International Puccini Awards

The music ends up overcoming material poverty. With leadership and commitment, it is possible to change the world. Jose Antonio Abreu is now the winner of the 2009 TED Prize, awarded annually to 3 notable people by a desire to change the world. (Video in Spanish) Some previous winners are: Bono, Dr. Larry Brilliant, former President Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Godall and writer Dave Eg-gers, among others.

Maestro Abreu, has managed to turn your desire into reality, thanks to an impressive managerial ability and outstanding leadership. Founder and director of the system is transforming the lives of 300,000 children and young people with low resources in Venezuela. Maestro Abreu and system: national system of Venezuela youth and children’s orchestras have been deserving many awards. A few days ago, at the World Economic Forum held in Davos the Crystal prize was awarded. In 2008 the teacher and the system received the most significant awards and recognitions: Prince of Asturias for the arts, the International Puccini Awards, Glenn Gould Prize, the Unicef Prize, Gabriela Mistral and the alternative Nobel Prize. The personal, family and social revolution generated from the music is possible to be replicated in Latin America. From the moment in which the child assumes an instrument with a master, it stops being a poor child and their low-income students, are now scattered around the world, managing world-class orchestras, as the case of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel is today director of Los Angeles Philharmonic.