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The American conductor Marin Alsop, who was born in 1956 in New York City, studied at Yale University and received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. She launched her international career by winning the Leo-pold Stokowski International Conducting Competition in 1989 and became the first woman to be awarded the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize in Tanglewood, where she took Leo-nard Bernstein’s master class. In 1992 Alsop became director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California, which she led until 2016. From 1993 to 2005, she was Music Director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and she served as Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2008. In 2007 Alsop began her tenure as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; since 2012 she has additionally helmed the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, which she will lead until the end of 2019. In the 2019-20 season she begins her post as Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Alsop has guest conducted the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Filarmonica della Scala, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. She led the legendary Last Night of the Proms in both 2013 and 2015, becoming the first woman in the history of the Proms to do so. In the 2018-19 season, she will be featured as Musical Curator at the Ravinia Festival and artist-in-residence at London’s Southbank Centre. Marin Alsop’s discography includes complete recordings of the symphonies of Brahms and Prokofiev. She won a Gramophone Award for her recording of Bernstein’s Mass and a Grammy Award for her account of Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto. Since 2015 she has been Director of Graduate Conducting at the John Hopkins Peabody Institute.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 26 August 2016, conducting the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a program of works by Nobre, Grieg, Villa-Lobos, and Rachmaninoff.