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. Founder of the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship for women, she also is the Director of Graduate Conducting Studies at Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Conservatory.
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.
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.
- Speech from Last Night of the Proms '15 — Diversity, Equality & the Power of Music
- Marin Alsop & OrchKids on 60 Minutes (2010)
- CNN with Amanpour: A pioneer on the podium (2012)
- Marin Alsop lectures on Women and Leadership (2012)
- Baltimore Symphony's 'Rusty Musicians' outreach comes to Meyerhoff Hall in September (2010)
- Alsop talks about Bernstein Mass (2008)
- Marin Alsop on The Today Show (2007)
- How Conductor's Practice
Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Academic Festival Overture; Tragic Overture
Dvorak Symphony No. 9, ''From the New World'' and Symphonic Variations
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