The Santa Monica Daily Press reports that the local Symphony mourns the loss of Music Director Guido Lamell who passed away July 13 following a heart attack, the Orchestra says on its website. He was 68.

A longtime Santa Monica resident and violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, he was also Associate Concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Mexico City Philharmonic. Maestro Lamell joined the LA Phil under the baton of Carlo Maria Giulini in 1979.

Lamell made his local conducting debut in 1988 with the Topanga Philharmonic Orchestra and became music director in 1990. He furthered his conducting studies with Charles Bruch at the Pierre Monteux Conducting School, Leonard Bernstein at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute and with Jorge Mester in his master class in Pasadena.

Lamell took the helm of the Santa Monica Symphony in the fall of 2012.

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