&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
10th July 2015
46th Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival begins

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 São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

Running from July 4 – August 2, 2015, the Campos do Jordão Festival brings together students, tutors and renowned professionals in Campos do Jordão, Brazil, offering an extensive program of concerts, most of them free, with the participation of renowned national and international artists, groups and some of the best orchestras in Brazil, at various venues around the city.

Talking about the Festival, Marin says:

“We played a great opening concert at Campos do Jordão (Holst’s “Planets”) last Saturday and are now knee deep in lessons, coaching, mater classes, rehearsals and general craziness! My conducting class (6 students – 4 from SA, 1 from the Royal Academy and 1 from Peabody) is working very hard and doing extremely well.  They will conduct the student “camerata” for the first time tomorrow afternoon to start preparing their first concert, which will take place a week from Saturday.

The energy and enthusiasm from our 200 students is infectious and inspiring.  They are hungry to make music and grasp as much musical knowledge as possible. They embrace every experience with open arms and open minds!  This is what I love about working with young people, and the Campos experience.

This week Sian Edwards is doing a great job conducting the Festival Orchestra and next week I will conduct them in Firebird and Dvorak Symphony 7.  Really looking forward to it!”

Since its creation over 45 years ago, the Festival has become one of the largest and most important classical Festivals in Latin America. Known and respected internationally, the Campos do Jordão Festival has been an important path for many renowned artists around the world.

To see the full Festival programme click here.