&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
24th February 2015
Ruth and Lamar tribute

24 April, 2015

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. I don’t think anyone ever thought of my mom, Ruth, as an “easy” person, but she was definitely the person you wanted with you on a trip or at a party because she could make friends anywhere (and always find some long lost relative in common!) She went with me once to Scotland when I was conducting the RSNO, and I’ll never forget looking over at her as we were about to take off: she rubbed her hands together in childlike glee at the prospect of an entire country of potential new friends. My greatest memory from that trip was the two of us trying to climb up the steep hill to Edinburgh Castle in an ice storm, but we kept falling down and laughing so hard that we had to hang on to the handles of the parked cars and pull ourselves up the hill. It was a great trip and today I am so grateful for these memories. Happy Birthday Mom. We miss you!


16 September, 2014

MA: On Sunday we had a ceremony at the cemetery for my parents where we read poems and recounted stories.  So many wonderful memories…

It was such a glorious day and several friends gathered with us to celebrate my parents’ lives.

We started with a dedication at the cemetery where we unveiled a memorial headstone. Then later we dedicated a newly renovated room at the home where my father lived for the last two years.


21 April, 2014

On 21 April 2014, a memorial concert for Ruth and Lamar Alsop took place at the Tishman Auditorium at Mannes College The New School for Music. Marin conducted Mannes students and guest artists including Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Jonathan Carney and Qing Li (violin),
Dariusz Skoraczewski and Eugene Moye (cello).



20 April, 2014

MA: As a tribute to my wonderful parents, who sadly passed away earlier this year, I wanted to share some personal photos and videos with you. Thanks to everyone for your support. 

While their bios will give you a small snapshot of their many accomplishments, I mostly want you to know what good, kind, generous, caring people they were. They were so full of life and fire that the world truly seems a bit slower without their boundless energy. I credit my parents’ “thinking outside the box” and “everything is possible” approach to life as the key to my success as a conductor and Music Director.


Our last trip together before Dad got too sick to walk. It was a beautiful time in Prague!
Our last trip together before Dad got too sick to walk. It was a beautiful time in Prague!

Listen to a recording of Beethoven’s “Kakadu” Variations with Seymour Bernstein (piano), Ruth Alsop (cello) and Lamar Alsop (violin), known collectively as the “Bernadel Trio”, recorded in the early 1960s.

Below is a special recording of the 1993 Eugene Symphony Orchestra (where I was MD from 1989-1996) fundraiser concert with my parents and Seymour Bernstein:

Part I

Part II

In 1999 my parents and I founded The Alsop Family Foundation “to encourage and support entrepreneurial, creative, and innovative approaches to classical music by individual artists and orchestras, with a special focus on American music and young artists.”

To honor the spirit of my parents’ lives, the foundation is establishing “The Alsop Entrepreneur Scholarship,” an annual award for a promising young musical entrepreneur studying at Mannes College The New School for Music. This award will encourage young musicians to think and approach music in new ways to keep the art form vital and relevant in our changing society. To read more about the scholarship and view the event program click here.