Nancy Horowitz


Returns to London, Baltimore & Dallas

Early in 2023, Marin Alsop returns to the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) for a pairing of the Symphonic Nocturne from Weill’s Broadway show Lady in the Dark with Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, featuring Leeds Competition-winner Eric…

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Now Available: Schumann Symphony 3 & 4

Now Available: Naxos Records has released a new recording of Schumann’s Third and Fourth Symphonies, as reorchestrated by Mahler. Alsop and the Vienna RSO recorded the works as the second…

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Jan 6 & 7: Marin Alsop Returns to Chicago Symphony

As Chief Conductor of the Ravinia Festival, MacArthur fellow Marin Alsop enjoys an exceptionally close rapport with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), where she is “a powerful and communicative force…

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A December Tour in South Africa

This December, Marin Alsop leads the newly formed Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra for a three-city tour of South Africa stopping in Johannesburg (December 15), Durban (December 17), and Cape Town…

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Concert Season

13 April 2023
Music Center at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD)
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
Rouse: Symphony No. 6
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3

15 April 2023
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, MD)
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
Rouse: Symphony No. 6
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3

20 & 21 April 2023
Grande salle Pierre Boulez (Paris, France)
Orchestre de Paris

Hanna Kendall: Tuxedo
Bernstein: Symphony No.2 'The Age of Anxiety'
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E-flat major, Op.55 'Eroica'


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One of the foremost conductors of our time, Marin Alsop represents a powerful and inspiring voice. Convinced that music has the power to change lives, she is internationally recognized for her innovative approach to programming and audience development, deep commitment to education, and advocacy for music’s importance in the world. The first woman to serve as the head of a major orchestra in the United States, South America, Austria and Britain, she is, as the New York Times put it, not only “a formidable musician and a powerful communicator” but also “a conductor with a vision.”

The 2019-20 season marked Alsop’s first as Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, which she leads at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, and on recordings, broadcasts and tours. As Chief Conductor and Curator of Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, she curates and conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies, formalizing her long relationship with Ravinia, where she made her debut with the orchestra in 2002. Appointed in 2020 as the first Music Director of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F), a program of the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, she will lead a newly formed conductor academy and conduct multiple concerts each June with the NOI+F Philharmonic.

In collaboration with YouTube and Google Arts & Culture, Alsop spearheaded the “Global Ode to Joy” (GOTJ), a crowd-sourced video project to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. Together with Germany’s official Beethoven anniversary campaign and the leading arts organizations of five continents, Alsop invited the global community to share the call for tolerance, unity and joy of the composer’s Ninth Symphony in videos tagged #GlobalOdeToJoy. The project culminated in December 2020, the month of Beethoven’s birth, with a grand video finale: a GOTJ highlight reel, set to a performance of the “Ode to Joy” anchored by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony, the international Stay-at-Home Choir and Alsop herself.

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Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship

Founded by Marin Alsop in 2002, the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship (TACF) is a two year-award that provides positive mentorship and support to young women conductors under the leadership of Marin Alsop.
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Peabody Conservatory

In 2015 Marin Alsop took over as Professor and Director of the Graduate Conducting Program at the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University.  Following in the footsteps of her beloved teacher and friend, Gustav Meier, Marin’s 11 graduate students hail from across the globe and gain invaluable hands-on experience under the Maestra’s guidance.  
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“I truly believe that every child is born a genius, filled with endless possibility.”–Marin Alsop

Founded by Marin Alsop in 2008 with 30 students at one elementary school, OrchKids now works with ten schools in Baltimore City, serving over 2,000 children from
Pre-K through 12th grade.
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There have been many milestones in Marin Alsop’s career. Marin was the first woman to become Music Director of a major American orchestra (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) and Brazilian orchestra (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra), Principal Conductor of a British orchestra (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and Chief Conductor of a Viennese orchestra (Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra). In 2013 Marin was the first woman to conduct the Last night of the BBC Proms.

To see a full list of firsts and achievements, please see the Timeline

Working with Living Composers

Working with living composers has always been an integral part of Marin’s conducting commitment. She featured a living composer on the first bonafide concert she conducted in 1984 and since then has premiered over 180 works worldwide.
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Renowned conductor Marin Alsop’s life explored in new documentary
In conversation with Scott Simon on Weekend Edition.

A Trailblazing Female Conductor Is Still Alone on the Trail
As Marin Alsop leaves the Baltimore Symphony after 14 years, the field is taking a step backward: 25 major American orchestras, no female music directors.
The New York Times

If conductor Marin Alsop’s done it, it’s probably because someone told her she couldn’t
The Washington Post

Marin Alsop raises the baton for Women Conductors 
In conversation with Michael Cooper, the classical music reporter for The New York Times.
New York Times

Marin discusses her conducting career on Amanpour & Co, PBS 
Alicia Menendez sits down with conductor Marin Alsop, the first woman to lead a major American orchestra.
Armanpour & Co, PBS

Marin Alsop on conducting: “You’re not there to be liked” 
The American conductor on why there aren’t more women following in her footsteps.
New Statesmen

Conducting Class At The Peabody Conservatory With Marin Alsop 
NPR Weekend Edition


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