News Just In: 12 May 2012 – Felicitaciones a Rafael Payare! The wonderful 32 year old Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra French Horn player has just become the latest in a string of young Venezuelan conductors to win international acclaim, in his case by winning the Nikolai Malko Conducting Competition in Copenhagen. Here he is – extreme left of the picture nursing his French Horn – whilst playing with Gustavo Dudamel and friends in La Vega. (Is the greatest picture of a concert you’ve ever seen?).