&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
28th August 2015

Ever wanted to learn the basic fundamentals of conducting? In an exclusive partnership with Classic FM Marin presents a series of video masterclasses on all aspects of conducting, from how to use the baton to that iconic big finish.

    10th July 2015
    Campos do Jordao 10

    The 46th Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival has officially started, and it’s been a busy first week at the Festival for Marin Alsop who opened the Festival at the Auditorio Claudio Santoro on July 4, with the Säo Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

    2nd June 2015

    An exciting two week celebration of new music is fast approaching as composers, artists and the Cabrillo orchestra all come together for the 2015 Festival. Although not until August (2-16), behind-the-scenes it’s busier than ever as preparations get underway. As the weeks lead-up to the Festival, Marin will be providing her own insight into the work that goes into being Music Director, often from the other side of the world!

    29th May 2015

    Marin Alsop and the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship are very happy to announce Valentina Peleggi as the 2015-17 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow. In response to the high number of outstanding candidates, the Fellowship has expanded to also include two Associate Fellows, Marzena Diakun and Ruth Reinhardt.

    19th May 2015
    QEC finalists

    Marin Alsop is in Brussels this week rehearsing with the National Orchestra of Belgium and the 12 violin soloists who have made the final of the Queen Elisabeth Competition (25 – 30 May). Follow all the behind-the-scenes action with Marin’s blog.

    18th May 2015

    Marin Alsop has returned to Belgium to conduct the finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, which this year focusses on violinists.

    23rd April 2015

    Marin is to be the conductor for this year’s Last Night of the BBC Proms with a star-studded line-up. She will also conduct the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment in an all-Brahms Prom in September 1.

    15th April 2015
    OSESP logo

    It was announced today that the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra have extended Marin Alsop’s contract as Music Director until December 21st 2019.

    14th April 2015

    From August 2-16, Santa Cruz will become a nexus of creativity as Marin Alsop and the amazing Festival Orchestra, 12 composers in residence and 5 international guest artists come together once again for an incredible festival dedicated to contemporary music.

    20th March 2015
    Marin Alsop (c) Grant Leighton (7)

    Marin Alsop has been awarded Harvard University’s Luise Vosgerchian teaching Award, an award that honors a nationally recognized music educator. The award offers an honorarium of $10,000 and is administered by the Office for the Arts at Harvard through its Learning from Performers program.

      17th March 2015

      The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop have announced their 2015/16 centennial season. To mark the centenary BSO present a star-studded line-up of artists and promise lots of enticing repertoire from huge blockbusters of standard repertoire, to contemporary works and world premieres.

      13th March 2015
      Photo by Martin Seck

      The New School’s Mannes College in New York has awarded four students with the Alsop Entrepreneurship Award, a prize generously funded by Marin Alsop and the Alsop Family Foundation to fund innovative projects in music entrepreneurship.

      6th March 2015
      Credit: Rodrigo Rosenthal

      Marin and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) opened their 2015 season at Sala São Paulo last week. The concert of Mahler and Rouse was praised in Folha de São Paulo, saying “today’s OSESP is ‘Marin Alsop’s OSESP”.

      24th February 2015
      Ruth and Lamar

      MA: Today, February 24th, would have been my mother’s 84th birthday and I wanted to take a moment to remember her smile, her laugh, her irreverence, her generosity and her love of life.

      16th February 2015

      On Tuesday February 17 – Saturday 21 February 2015 Marin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist David Fray embark on a tour of the Netherlands and Belgium with an all-Beethoven program. The tour culminates with a concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall on February 21.

      12th February 2015

      Marin Alsop is supporting a campaign by film maker James Bartolomeo to make a documentary short about the BSO OrchKids. The aim is for the film to be the cornerstone of a broad and far-reaching awareness campaign.

      23rd January 2015

      Marin returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra this February, taking an all-Beethoven program on a five date tour of the Netherlands, Belgium and UK. The repertoire for the concerts includes Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Symphony No. 7 and the Third Piano Concerto performed by French pianist David Fray.

      24th December 2014

      2014 has been another busy year for Marin Alsop. Although the year has been tinged with sadness after losing both her parents and her dear friend Mary Whitaker, there have also have been many highlights. Here is a summary of just some of the many events that have taken place this year.

      4th November 2014

      As part of a series of events taking place at London’s Southbank Centre to mark the World War I centenery, Marin will conduct musicians of the Royal Academy of Music, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Voicelab Children’s Choir and soloists in a performance of Britten’s towering War Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall.

      20th October 2014
      OSESP logo

      Music Director Marin Alsop and the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) have just announced their 2015 season. With the theme “Places of Music”, the 2015 season will comprise a program of works that evoke real or imaginary places.

      1st October 2014

      You can now apply for the 2015-17 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship. Set up by Marin Alsop, the aim of the Taki Concordia Fellowship to promote, present, and encourage talented women conductors at the beginning of their careers.

      26th September 2014

      On Sunday 28 September, Marin appeared on BBC Radio 4′s Desert Island Discs. Presented by Kirsty Young, Marin talks through the music, book and luxury she’d take if she was cast away and the memories behind each one.

      12th September 2014

      On Saturday September 13, Marin and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will take part in a Star-Spangled Spectacular, celebrating the bicentennial of the American National Anthem.

      5th September 2014
      RPS logo

      Marin Alsop has received honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society in recognition of her outstanding services to music. The presentation was made by RPS trustee, composer Colin Matthews, on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Proms concert on Thursday 4 September.

      24th August 2014
      Brazil tour logo

      In August 2014 the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra celebrated their 60th anniversary. To mark this occasion Marin and OSESP are embarking on a tour of five state capitals of Brazil from the 17 – 23 August. Follow Marin’s tour blog to find out her experiences as she travels the country!

      22nd August 2014
      Parents' memorial concert, April 2014

      It is with great sorrow to hear of the death of Mary Whitaker who died in Chautaqua on 21 August in tragic circumstances.

      28th July 2014
      Campos thumb

      A look back at some of the highlights of the 45th Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, which took place 5th July – 3rd August 2014.

      3rd July 2014
      Sao Paulo SO 5_Sisi Burn_jpg (1)

      As Music Director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), Marin Alsop will return to curate the 45th Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, taking place between the 5 July and 3 August, 2014.

      25th April 2014
      Marin Alsop (credit Alessandra Fratus)

      Music Director Marin Alsop returns to lead the Festival in an extraordinary offering of new music and a remarkable line-up of guest artists with a program featuring thirteen composers in residence, three world premieres, two US premieres and four West Coast premieres.

      24th April 2014
      Marin Alsop (c) Grant Leighton (8)

      Following Marin Alsop’s triumph at the Last Night of the Proms in 2013, she makes a welcome return to the BBC Proms this season on Thursday September 4 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

      6th March 2014
      Baltimore logo

      Marin and the Baltimore Symphony have announced their 2014-15 season with themes exploring spirituality and transcendence.

      20th December 2013

      2013 has been an extraordinary year for Marin Alsop, with highlights including becoming the first female to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms and taking her São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) on a major European tour. Read a round-up of 2013 and view a selection of photo highlights!

      27th November 2013
      OrchKid Asia Palmer and OrchKids Artistic Director Dan Trahey accept a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

      OrchKids, the outreach program set up by Marin Alsop, has been selected as a recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Award at the White House. The news comes ahead of another exciting opportunity for BSO OrchKids who, as well as Marin and 32 musicians from the BSO, will perform at the Ravens’ Thanksgiving Day game on November 28.

      10th September 2013

      On Saturday night Marin made history as the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms. She conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as well as soloists Joyce DiDonato, Nigel Kennedy and Iestyn Davies to an extremely enthusiastic and patriotic audience of over 6,000 inside London’s Royal Albert Hall.

      4th September 2013
      Last Night of the BBC Proms

      The BBC Proms season draws to a close on Saturday 7 September as Marin Alsop takes to the podium to conduct the Last Night celebrations. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC television and radio, on the BBC’s big screens around Britain as well as to listeners and viewers around the world.

      24th July 2013
      Baltimore logo

      The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announces that Music Director Marin Alsop will continue her commitment to the Orchestra with the signing of a six-year contract that extends from September 2015 to August 2021, her second contract renewal with the Orchestra.

      3rd July 2013

      After an accident in her hotel on Monday night, Marin Alsop has damaged her wrist and been advised to cancel her conducting appointments for the month of July. More news will be posted here soon.

        17th June 2013
        OSESP logo

        In October 2013 Marin Alsop will bring the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil’s leading cultural export, to Europe for a 15 concert tour…

        23rd May 2013
        Marin Alsop (credit Bruno Vessiez)

        From Monday 27 May until Saturday 1 June, Marin Alsop will be conducting the final of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, this year devoted to the piano.

        3rd May 2013
        Marin Alsop (credit Alessandra Fratus)

        The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new orchestral music, has announced the program for its 51st season taking place in Santa Cruz, California, from 2 – 11 August 2013. This year Marin Alsop welcomes young international talents for their debuts, and presents works by thirteen composers, with ten in residence.

        18th April 2013
        Last Night of the BBC Proms

        Marin Alsop has been announced as the conductor for the 2013 Last Night of the BBC Proms. Taking place at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 7 September 2013, and televised worldwide, Marin will make history as the first female conductor to ever conduct the Last Night…

        5th March 2013
        Marin and Petula

        Marin Alsop returned to London’s Southbank Centre, where she is Artist in Residence, to conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 8 March …

        1st March 2013
        Baltimore logo

        Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has announced their 2013-14 season with themes including loss, solace and community. Talking about the season, BSO Music Director Marin Alsop said: “Sometimes through tragedy, whether a …

        13th February 2013
        Rest is noise logo

        Marin Alsop returns to London’s Royal Festival Hall next week for two concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, of which is a regular guest-conductor, as part of the Southbank Centre’s The Rest …

        10th October 2012

        Marin Alsop makes her Viennese debut with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein on October 14. Her ‘From the New World’ programme begins with Barber’s Essay No.2 and culminates in Dvořák’s Ninth …

        12th April 2012
        Opens season at Sao Paulo

        Marin Alsop opened her first season as Principal Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) with concerts on March 8 to 11. Alsop conducted Shostakovich Symphony No.5 and Mozart’s Piano …

        22nd February 2011
        20 years at Cabrillo

        In Santa Cruz, California, July 31 through August 14, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music will celebrate Marin Alsop’s 20th anniversary season as Music Director/Conductor. Fifteen composers-in-residence will join Marin …

        10th November 2010
        OSESP logo

        The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1954, enjoys an international reputation, and in December 2008 was named one of the world’s three most exciting upcoming orchestras by Gramophone magazine. …

        21st August 2009
        Bernstein Project

        Artistic Director Marin Alsop curates a season-long project celebrating the great icon of 20th-century music making, Leonard Bernstein, including more than 30 performances, talks and workshops. Find out more at …

        4th January 2009
        Baltimore contact extended

        Upon signing the contract, Marin Alsop commented: My work so far with the Baltimore Symphony has been the thrill of a lifetime. Our progress over the past two seasons is …

        6th October 2008

        Leonard Bernstein, for me, was the greatest risk-taker in twentieth-century classical music. He thrived on conflict, and this is nowhere more evident than in his most controversial composition, Mass. I’m …