&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
Musicomh.com
15th April 2015
OSESP extends Marin Alsop’s contract as Music Director until end 2019

It was announced today that the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) have extended Marin Alsop’s contract as Music Director until December 21st 2019. During this period, Marin’s time with the orchestra will increase with a minimum of twelve weeks per year in São Paulo and touring the orchestra internationally, plus time spent teaching and nurturing young musicians at the Campos do Jordão Festival.

Talking about the Orchestra, Marin says: “My work with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra is the most extremely gratifying work that I’ve ever done and together we’ve not only raised the standards of performances but also taken the Orchestra out to the people of the São Paulo region and internationally. This city is one of the most vibrant and exciting places on the planet right now and it’s thrilling to see the Orchestra take its rightful place at the heart of this great metropolis. I eagerly look forward to seeing where this journey will take us!”

Since beginning her tenure three years ago, Marin has consolidated the Orchestra’s reputation and profile internationally. She has conducted the Orchestra in 118 concerts, playing to an audience of over 270,000 people, engaging both critics and the public with concerts at the orchestra’s iconic home, 11 Brazilian cities and internationally at such iconic venues as the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie (Berlin), the Salle Pleyel (Paris), the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall (London).

Marin has embraced the free streaming of concerts given by the Orchestra resulting in people around the world being able to enjoy and experience what happens in São Paulo in ways that were never possible previously.

Under Marin’s leadership, the Orchestra has so far released three albums as part of their cycle of the complete symphonies of Prokofiev for Naxos.

Executive Director of the Orchestra, Marcelo Lopes said: “We are very happy with the contract extension until the end of 2019. Together we make a great team who are dedicated to always looking at ways to improve the orchestra and to build new audiences for our work.”

Marin will continue to work with Arthur Nestrovski, Artistic Director of the Orchestra, on all matters concerning the programming of the Orchestra’s season. She will also retain her role as Artistic Advisor of the Campos do Jordão Festival, where she not only conducts the Orchestra but devises and runs landmark educational projects that attract young musicians from around the world.

Talking about Marin, Nestrovski  commented: “This is great news for all of us at the São Paulo Symphony as Marin is a powerful conductor who brings to all rehearsals and performances her great experience and unique qualities. She’s also a great partner for discussions on programming and has helped immensely in improving our international profile.”

Future plans include the continuation of the complete cycles of Brahms and Mahler symphonies as well as Marin’s on-going commitment to the work of living composers which will not only include performances of works by John Adams, James MacMillan and Marc-André Dalbavie, but also of Brazilian composers such as Paulo Costa Lima and Clarisse Assad as well as Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri and Francisco Mignone.

Looking ahead to the future, Marin finished by saying: “I’m so looking forward to my extended time with the outstanding musicians of the São Paulo Symphony.  OSESP is an exceptional institution that understands and values the transformative power of symphonic music.  With THE most devoted board of directors as our champions; a passionate, committed orchestra; an amazing professional choir; and a team of devoted staff members, and a wonderfully embracing audience, we couldn’t be better positioned to realize our dreams together.”

To view all the upcoming concerts, please visit the OSESP website, or Marin’s schedule.