&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
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2015

Conducted the Last Night of the BBC Proms for the second time

Appointed Director of Graduate Conducting Program at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra contract as Music Director extended until 2019

Awarded Harvard University’s Luise Vosgerchian teaching Award, an award that honors a nationally recognized music educator

Awards four students with the Alsop Entrepreneurship Award, a prize generously funded by Marin and the Alsop Family Foundation to fund innovative projects in music entrepreneurship

Took the LPO on a 5-date tour to Amsterdam, Belgium and London

2014

Takes part in the Southbank Centre’s War Requiem project, conducting the War Requiem on Remembrance Sunday commemorating the centenary of WW1

Appears on BBC Radio 4′s Desert Island Discs

Presented with Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society in recognition of her outstanding services to music

Took the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra on a tour of Brazil’s state capitals to mark the orchestra’s 60th anniversary

Presented with the “Champion of New Music” Award 2014 on behalf of the American Composers Forum

Conducted her parents’ memorial concert at Mannes College The New School for Music

Marin’s parents Ruth and Lamar pass away within a month of each other

2013

Took the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra on a 15 date tour of Europe, their most extensive tour to date

Appeared as first female conductor to ever conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra contact as Music Director extended until 2021

2012

Makes her Viennese debut with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein

Appointed Principal Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Leads the orchestra on a European tour, with acclaimed performances at the
BBC Proms in London (first Brazilian orchestra to ever play at the BBC Proms) and at the Concertgebouw’s Robeco Summer Concerts in Amsterdam

Naxos begins a Prokofiev Symphony cycle with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra which was Orchestral Choice in BBC Music Magazine

Presented with Honorary Membership (HonRAM) of the Royal Academy of Music, London

Celebrates 50th anniversary of the Cabrillo Festival

2011

Became Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre for the 2011/2012 season

Included in The Guardian’s “Top 100 women”, celebrating the centenary of

International Women’s Day

2010

Conducts Bernstein’s Mass at the Southbank centre, the conclusion to the 9-month long Bernstein Project

Naxos recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Colin Currie wins a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition

2009

Baltimore Symphony tenure extended to 2015

As Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre 2009/10 season, curates a season-long project celebrating Leonard Bernstein

Naxos releases critically acclaimed recording of Bernstein’s Mass and is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Album

Chosen as Musical America’s Conductor of the Year

2008

Carnegie Hall Debut (with Baltimore Symphony)

Launched the educational programme OrchKids in Baltimore

Elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2007

Inaugural concerts as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony

Naxos releases final CD in Brahms Symphony cycle with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Wins European Women of Achievement Award

2006

Inaugurates “Marin on Music” on National Public Radio

Speaks at World Economic Forum in Davos

Debuts with Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Washington National Opera

Makes Baltimore Symphony’s first commercial recording since 1999

Conducts Faure Requiem in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

Conducts U.S. premiere of Nicholas Maw’s opera, Sophie’s Choice

2005

Appointed Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, beginning 2007

Makes history as the first woman to lead a major orchestra

Awarded 2005 MacArthur Fellowship Prize

Wins Classical BRIT Female Artist of the Year Award

Grammy nomination for recording of Daugherty’s UFO with Evelyn Glennie and the Colorado Symphony

2004

Begins recording Brahms cycle for Naxos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
st ever to win both major awards in one year

Leads first major US revival of Adams’s Nixon in China with Opera Theater of St. Louis and semi-staged production of Bernsteins Candide with the New York Philharmonic

2003

Caps her first year as Principal Conductor of the BSO with winning Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year award and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor Award, the first artist ever to win both major awards in one year

2002

Begins first season in Bournemouth with the Times (London) writing “Alsop has…made her orchestra play like there was no tomorrow.” And adding nine BBC Radio 3 broadcasts to the BSO schedule

2001

Accepts position of Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2002-03 season

1999

Accepts position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Glasgow) and begins recording the complete works of Samuel Barber in a six-CD series for Naxos

1998

Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, State of Colorado

1997

Receives distinguished Service Award from University of Oregon

1996

Accepts title of Conductor Laureate with the Eugene Symphony

1995

Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Letters degree by Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

1994

Accepts position of Creative Conductor Chair with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

1993

Appointed Music Director of the Colorado Symphony (Denver). The CSO wins 1st prize of ASCAP under Alsop’s direction for their programming in 1996/7 and 1999/2000

1992

Appointed Music Director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music located in Santa Cruz California

Cabrillo wins the national ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music every year under Alsop’s direction

1990

Accompanies Leonard Bernstein to Japan as he establishes the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo

Debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic

1989

Reinvitation to Tanglewood

Awarded the Koussevitsky Conducting prize by Tanglewood – first and only woman awarded the honour

Became Music Director of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra where she held the post until 1996.

Wins the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center where she becomes a student of Leonard bernstein, Gustav Meier and Seiji Ozawa

Wins the position of Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony, Richmond, Virginia

1985

Begins conducting studies with Harold Farberman.

1984

Starts the Concordia Orchestra–dedicated to exploring all types of music, with an emphasis on jazz and contemporary (“crossover”) repertoire. Concordia presently performs a 3 concert series at the Pierpont Morgan Library in NYC and 2 concerts at Lincoln Center, including an annual Christmas concert at Avery Fisher of the gospel version of Handel’s Messiah called “Too Hot to Handel”

1981

Starts String Fever, a 10 piece string swing band comprised of 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, bass and drums (still playing together today)

1979

Begins conducting studies with Carl Bamberger

1976

Begins freelancing as a violinist in New York City – plays in the NYPhilharmonic, the NYCBallet, Mostly Mozart, New york Chamber Symphony, American Composers Orchestra to name a few, plus plays several Broadway shows such as Sweeney Todd and Showboat. Also begins studio work, playing on numerous film scores, popular albums, and television commercials.

1975

Transfers to Juilliard and completes Bachelor of Music Degree in 1977 and her Master’s Degree in 1978, both in violin performance

1972

At 16, she enters Yale University, class of 1977

1968

Enters the Masters School (high school)–age 12

1965

Hears Leonard Bernstein conduct the New York Philharmonic and wants to become a conductor–she is 9 years old

1963

Enters Juilliard Pre-College at age 7

1961

Begins violin studies at age 5

1958

Begins piano studies at age 2

1956

Born October 16, in Manhattan to Ruth and LaMar Alsop, professional musicians. LaMar is a violinist and concertmaster of the NYCBallet Orchestra and Ruth is a cellist in the same orchestra.