&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

If there were anyone still looking for evidence that Marin Alsop is a thoroughly good thing, this concert… will surely have settled things once and for all… Her appointment is a landmark for the BSO.

The Daily Telegraph (London)

… a formidable musician and a powerful communicator, a conductor with a vision of what an American Orchestra could be in the 21st Century.

New York Times

What she has done for audiences can’t be measured.

Rocky Mountain News

Few conductors of her generation have made more recordings, and more highly acclaimed ones, than she.

Boston Globe

She has shown herself to be a conductor who makes a difference.

Daily Telegraph (London)

Marin Alsop is a shooting star in the firmament of international conductors.

Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

There’s no denying the wit and vitality that Alsop – a lively entertainer as well as a powerhouse musician – brings to her performances.

San Francisco Chronicle

Alsop is well-grounded in the standard repertoire, but she has real commitment to both American music and new music. There’s an excitement about the way she makes music, the way she plans a season, the way she gets involved with the community and tries to make the orchestra integral to the city. She’s full of ideas and always examining old habits to see if they might be changed for the better.

composer, Christopher Rouse

This was a truly dramatic interpretation … expansive, decisive, radiating colour, conviction, acumen and musicality in equal measure.

The Daily Telegraph (London)

A life-changing performance. That’s how Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 struck me Thursday when performed by the Minnesota Orchestra under Marin Alsop. The music became a profound expression of what it is to be human in this difficult world.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

… there is no doubt that Alsop has the goods: a compelling vision of how she wants a piece of music to sound and the ability to draw that sound from a group of players…

Chicago Sun-Times

With Alsop and the Baltimore players, the effect was one of total revelation.

Washington Post

Alsop has again packed the houses, and made her orchestra play like there was no tomorrow. No doubt that there will be, if they continue to play like this: with greater flair, firmer ensemble, and a sense of fervour that hasn’t been heard for years.


… she’s fabulous, she is simply wonderful. She’s a comer.