Marin Alsop


The American conductor Marin Alsop was born in 1956 in New York City, studied at Yale University, and received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Her international career began when she won the 1989 Leopold Stokowski International Conducting Competition and became the first woman to receive the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize at Tanglewood, where she had completed the master classes given by Leonard Bernstein. In 1992 Alsop took over leadership of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California, which she helmed until 2016. She was Music Director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra from 1993 to 2005 and of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2008. In 2007 Alsop took on the leadership position with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the centenary of whose founding she and the ensemble are celebrating this year. Since 2012 she has additionally helmed the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, with whom she has now undertaken two European tours. As a guest conductor she has enjoyed close associations with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Los Angeles and London Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Filarmonica della Scala, the London Symphony, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 and 2015 she moreover conducted the legendary Last Night of the Proms as the very first female conductor. Alsop’s discography includes recordings of the complete symphonies of Brahms and Prokofiev. She won the Gramophone Award for her account of Bernstein’s Mass and a Grammy Award for Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto. She ranks among the winners of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since 2015 she has been Director of Graduate Conducting at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute.

August 2016