Jose Antonio Abreu

The El Sistema music revolution

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Jose Antonio Abreu is the charismatic founder of a youth orchestra system that has transformed thousands of kids' lives in Venezuela. Here he shares his amazing story and unveils a TED Prize wish that could have a big impact in the US and beyond.

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José Antonio Abreu founded El Sistema in 1975 to help Venezuelan kids learn to play a musical instrument and be part of an orchestra. The TED Prize winner's bold idea has seeded hundreds of youth orchestras — and many happy lives.

José Antonio Abreu founded El Sistema in 1975 to help Venezuelan kids learn to play a musical instrument and be part of an orchestra. The TED Prize winner's bold idea has seeded hundreds of youth orchestras — and many happy lives.