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Marin Alsop
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Conductor Marin Alsop made history as the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony, the first woman to head a major American orchestra. Called a “born communicator and effective proselytizer for music” by The New York Times and a “lively entertainer as well as a powerhouse musician” by The San Francisco Chronicle, Alsop has spent a lifetime dedicated to music. 

She 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, in 1991, she made her professional conducting debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She continues to appear regularly with these orchestras, in addition to the London Philharmonic. Alsop took up the post of Principal Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil's premiere orchestra, in 2012, and became Music Director in 2013.

Winner of Gramophone's “Artist of the Year” award and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Alsop was the first conductor to be named a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow. In 2006 she was the only classical musician invited to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In 2013, she became the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in its 119-year history.

In Baltimore, Alsop has been credited with reinvigorating the Orchestra and leading a major community outreach effort that has generated tremendous excitement. In 2008, along with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, she unveiled an education initiative, ORCHkids. The program provides music education, instruments, and mentorship to more than 1,000 kids in Baltimore. For adults, Marin Alsop conducts The BSO Academy, a summer fantasy camp for adults, and the biannual “Rusty Musicians” event, which gives amateur players the opportunity to play music with the BSO. Founder of the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship for women, she also is Director of the Graduate Conducting Program at John Hopkins Peabody Institute.

Alsop has been profiled in TIME and named one of “America's Most Powerful Women” by Newsweek. She can be heard as a commentator on NPR's “Marin on Music.” In 2012 she was featured in the book, How Great Women Lead: A Mother-Daughter Adventure into the Lives of Women Shaping the World. Currently, Alsop is at work on her own book about leadership.

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My Life in Music
Lessons From a Maestra: Leadership, Innovation & Risk-taking
Community Growth Through Arts Education
From Baltimore to Brazil: A Conductor's Journey
Books & Other Works
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Academic Festival Overture; Tragic Overture
  • Dvorak Symphony No. 9, ''From the New World'' and Symphonic Variations
“Marin was superb! Many of our subscribers said "she was the best yet"! Marin is such a humble person and her delivery is impeccable and speaking without any notes, totally impressive. What a gifted storyteller she is; the audience was so attentive. The hour flew by and we were sad to see the lecture come to a close. Please tell Marin how much we enjoyed meeting her and we are so grateful for her talent and generosity of spirit. A perfect day!”
Town Hall South
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San Joaquin Valley Town Hall, Inc.
“Marin Alsop was an inspiration. Her message was exactly what we needed and wanted to hear.”
University of Minnesota
“Marin was phenomenal! We were so honored to have her with us and she was by far my favorite of the day! It was truly an amazing day. ”
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