LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conductor Gustavo Dudamel will be music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for at least eight more years.

The philharmonic announced Thursday that Dudamel’s five-year contract, which would have expired in 2014, has been extended through the 2018-2019 season. The philharmonic was established in 1919.

The 30-year-old Dudamel joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as music director in 2009, succeeding Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Orchestra president Deborah Borda told the Los Angeles Times that board members ratified the decision during an international phone conference on Thursday.

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