This is a very impressive guy.
Anyone who says he can't conduct is making an indefensible statement.
DeFacto, he can conduct. He obviously has the technique and musical education to competently perform his job.
Whether one likes his interpretations and his conducting style is a different matter. It is certainly defensible to say one doesn't like his conducting.
However , many do like him , including orchestra members. Orch. players usually love to hate their conductor so that is impressive too :-)
He has impressive skills, IMO, as a musician and conductor. I need to hear more to know how much I like or dislike his musical ideas.
I am very impressed with his commitment to "El Sistema"
wherein youth orchestras provide a different alternative to disadvantaged youth.
I have a friend who was in Chavez's cabinet as minister of culture.
He told me all about el sistema and the good results they got there.
At times, military planes took the youth orch. to their venues.