Conductor Marin Alsop uses music to bring people together, both in the concert hall and in the community. The first woman to head a major orchestra, Alsop has helped the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra become more than one of America’s most esteemed orchestras; she has transformed it into a major community outreach hub.
Alsop reaches people of all generations, from OrchKIDS, which has put instruments in the hands of over 1,000 children, to “The Rusty Musicians” and The BSO Academy, a summer fantasy camp for adults. In her speeches, she brings her unique perspective on leadership, teamwork, risk-taking, and the power of music to change lives.
Read her latest interviews:
“Cracking a Glass Ceiling With the Maestro’s Baton” (The New York Times)
“Uniting Through Music: Q&A with Marin Alsop” (Bachtrack)
Called a “born communicator and effective proselytizer for music” by The New York Times, Alsop began playing piano at 2, violin at 5, entered Julliard pre-college at 7, decided to become a conductor at 9, and entered Yale at 16. A protégée of Leonard Bernstein, Alsop was the first conductor to be named a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow and the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in its 119-year history. In addition to the BSO, she is the Principal Conductor and Music Director of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil's premiere orchestra.