Female orchestra conductors are few and far between and none have achieved the notoriety or pinnacle of success as that of Marin Alsop. A powerful voice in the International scene, Marin Alsop is an idealist who truly believes that music can change lives. She is totally committed to the education and inclusion of all ages in her audiences.
Marin Alsop has been the music director of the Baltimore Symphony since 2007 and her tenure there has been extended twice and she will continue to be the music director until 2021. Alsop has been bold in her approach to increase attendance and reach new audiences. To encourage the love of music in children Alsop launched OrchKids back in 2008. OrchKids is a community outreach program that provides instruments, education, hot meals and it mentors the city’s neediest community. Not only does she work with children, the BSO Academy allows for adult musicians to play along with members of the orchestra.
Not only is Alsop music director at BSO she is also the principal conductor and music director for the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra since 2013. She is responsible for their creative programming, recording contracts and the outreach programs in that community. She has lead the orchestra over three different European tours that have included the BBC Proms, Lucerne festival along with other concerts in Berlin, Paris and Vienna.
A Student of Bernstein
Marin Alsop is one of the best known pupils of musical genius Leonard Bernstein and will be central to the 100th anniversary celebrations happening next year. She will be opening the LSO’s tribute to Bernstein and will conduct performances of the Bernstein Mass at the Ravinia Festival. Alsop was appointed the Musical curator for the Ravinia Festival for 2018 and 2019. She is also the Artist in Residence for the Southbank Center and will conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment throughout a UK tour.
Education and Accolades
Her extensive career has brought many Grammy and Gramophone awards and along with the many awards and the academic recognition Marin Alsop is the only conductor to ever receive the MacArthur Fellowship. She is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Philharmonic Society. She has also been appointed Director of Graduate Conducting from the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute. She is an alumnus of Julliard School of Music and Yale University gave her an honorary doctorate earlier this year. She launched her conducting career back in 1989 after winning the Leopold Stokowski International Conducting Competition and she is the first ever woman to have been awarded the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize from the Tanglewood Music.
Marin Alsop has been a trailblazer in the music industry since the start of her career and has paved the way for many female conductors coming behind her.