&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 November 2010
Marin Alsop appointed Chief Conductor of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra beginning 2012

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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. It plays over 90 concerts each season. Alsop will work with the orchestra as Principal Conductor and lead its creative endeavours, including its ambitious recording ventures, international touring and educational and community outreach activities.

Marin Alsop conducted OSESP for the first time in 2010, in three performances of Mahler’s Symphony No 7. “I was truly impressed with the quality and commitment of the OSESP,” she says, “and I am thrilled by the enormous possibilities in front of us. I have been incredibly inspired by the musicians’ desire to make great music at an extremely high level, combined with their openness and hunger to embrace new ideas and initiatives. I was immediately struck by the whole organization’s sense of adventure and their willingness to break through barriers in order to achieve the highest goals. Brazil is currently undergoing an economic and cultural revival and I look forward immensely to both contributing to and to being part of that in the future”.

Alsop continues as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, having renewed her contract there until 2015.

Marcelo Lopes, Executive Director of OSESP replied:
“When I heard Marin’s speech at the American Symphony Orchestra League Conference in Nashville in 2007, I was completely thrilled with her enthusiasm for music as a motor of human growth. Her energy, commitment to community work and passion for music education were so sincere and legitimate that I was immediately inspired with new ideas on how to turn the OESP into a more vigorous cultural force in São Paulo. I strongly believe she is the right conductor to inspire our musicians, to bring them into innovative projects and consolidate the orchestra as a first-class international institution. We feel very lucky and delighted with this new partnership.”