&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
13th December 2018

Marin reminisces with conductor and educator Leslie Stifelman about their collaboration on Too Hot To Handel: the Gospel Messiah on the eve of its international premiere.

10th December 2018

Marin has been named as one of the recipients of the 2019 World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. She will be honoured at the opening session of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on January 21.

22nd October 2018
Marin gives a conducting masterclass at Peabody conservatory

On Monday, November 19, Marin will be hosting an Open Studio at the Peabody Conservatory for all prospective students interested in their Graduate Conducting Program.

28th September 2018
credit Natália Kikuchi 2014

Marin Alsop has featured in BBC Radio 4′s 2018 Woman’s Hour Power List, celebrating women who are demonstrating power and innovation in the music industry. The list was revealed live …

    10th May 2018

    The final stop in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s summer 2018 tour will be in Dublin. On August 29, music director Marin Alsop will lead the BSO in a ‘Bernstein Birthday …

    19th April 2018

    This summer, Marin brings the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to the BBC Proms (27 August) and Edinburgh International Festival (24 and 25 August). This will be the orchestra’s first overseas tour …

    20th March 2018

    Naxos Records have joined in the Leonard Bernstein centenary celebrations by releasing a box set of Marin’s complete recordings of his works. The collection features Marin’s critically acclaimed recordings of Bernstein’s symphonies, Chichester Psalms, Mass and Serenade as well as new and world premiere recordings and an insightful new documentary.

    29th January 2018
    ORF RSO 150

    Marin Alsop has been announced as the next Chief Conductor at the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra from the 1st of September 2019 for an initial period of three years. Marin will conduct the Orchestra in concerts, opera productions, tours, broadcasts and recordings. She succeeds Cornelius Meister.

    26th January 2018
    Marin Alsop credit  Grant Leighton

    Marin Alsop was honored with the prestigious ABO Award at the annual ABO Rhinegold Awards in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the orchestral life of the UK, and in particular her support for women conductors.

      14th December 2017

      A major highlight of Bernstein 100 celebrations sees performance of Chichester Psalms – under the baton of Marin Alsop – in Chichester Cathedral where it was first performed in 1965.

      6th December 2017
      Marin Alsop Alessandra Fratus

      The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra Foundation – Fundação Osesp is proud to announce that Music Director Marin Alsop will become Conductor of Honour at the end of her 8-year tenure, in December 2019.

      18th September 2017

      Marin Alsop is the recipient of the 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music, Columbia University has announced. The prize was presented on Saturday evening, September 16, at a concert by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, part of the Orchestra’s 2017-18 season opening weekend.

      18th July 2017
      photo Chris Lee Photographer

      Every Summer Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together the country’s brightest young players to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. The musicians are two weeks …

      18th July 2017
      BSO New Music Festival

      This weekend showcased some of the best new music around as Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra launched their inaugural New Music Festival. Co-curated by Marin and cellist Inbal Segev, the Festival took place in three venues in Baltimore; a Chamber Music concert at the Peabody Conservatory, a Chamber Jam at Joe Squared Pizza and Bar, and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

      3rd April 2017
      Britten Pears

      In April 2017, some of the best young musicians in the world will collect in Aldeburgh, UK, for the Britten-Pears Orchestra 2017. Follow Marin and her Assistant Conductor for the next two weeks, Karin Hendrickson’s, tour blog to update on progress…

      26th January 2017
      Marin Alsop credit  Grant Leighton

      As part of the Southbank Centre’s 2017/18 season Marin will conduct a new staging of Bernstein’s Mass to coincide with Leonard Bernstein’s centenary year. The Mass will be performed as part of a Bernstein weekend (6-8 April 2018) celebrating the spirit of idealism, protest and questioning of the mid-twentieth century, embodied by the great American composer, conductor and educator.

      9th January 2017

      Ever wanted the opportunity to be mentored by Marin Alsop and to gain invauable experience conducting some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras around the world? There is still time to apply for the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship. Applications for the 2017-19 fellowship term can be submitted until February 1, 2017.

      6th December 2016

      The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) and Music Director Marin Alsop, have launched their 2017 season themed “A Greater World”. With 32 signature programmes, this new season will include 30 concerts conducted by Marin Alsop including a special cycle she will conduct on the theme of the “Hero”.

      17th October 2016
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      Applications are now open for a half day masterclass for aspiring women conductors with Marin Alsop on Friday 27 January 2017 at London’s Southbank Centre. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra, in varied repertoire and conduct a lunchtime performance for the public.

      13th October 2016
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      The OSESP Conducting Academy was the initiative of Marin Alsop. Over the course of the year a select group of students have had the opportunity to learn conducting techniques and repertoire under her leadership leading up to a free public concert at Sala São Paulo.

      26th July 2016
      Cabrillo 2016

      When Marin finishes this year’s Cabrillo Festival, which runs July 31-Aug. 13, she will take her final bow after 25 years at the helm as Music Director, showcasing new music by living composers.

      12th July 2016

      Marin has curated two special concerts over three nights (July 20, 22 23) for her week-long residency at Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival. The residency is part of a collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation to celebrate 35 years of the MacArthur Fellows program.

      24th May 2016

      Today BBC Music launches its online ‘virtual orchesra’, conducted by Marin Alsop, and calls all music lovers and musicians to take part. The unique digital performance will be part of the world famous Last Night of the Proms celebrations on Saturday 10 September.

      5th May 2016
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      In a month where all eyes will be on Brazil as it hosts the Olympic Games, Marin brings her São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) to Europe this Summer for performances at some of the world’s most prestigious summer festivals: Edinburgh (August 22), BBC Proms (August 24) and Lucerne (August 26).

      13th April 2016

      Marin Alsop is to return to the BBC Proms for three concerts this summer. In a season that celebrates Latin American music, Marin brings her Brazilian orchestra OSESP to the BBC Proms. She also conducts the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment in Verdi’s Requiem.

      16th March 2016

      On Saturday April 2, 2016, Marin Alsop will return to conduct the Eugene Symphony for “SymFest”, an evening celebrating the Orchestra’s 50th anniversary. Leading a concert of music by John Adams, Mahler, Bernstein and James P. Johnson, the concert serves as a centrepiece of an evening-long celebration of Eugene’s vibrant cultural scene.

        3rd March 2016
        Cabrillo 2016

        Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, has announced its 54th season program running from July 31 – August 13, 2016. The 2016 Festival will be Marin Alsop’s final year as she steps down as Music Director after 25 years.

        29th February 2016
        Marin Alsop credit  Grant Leighton

        On March 4 – 6, 2016, Marin will conduct three large-scale productions of West Side Story at New York’s Knockdown Centre, a restored factory in Queens. The performances are the cornerstone of The Somewhere Project, a unique creative learning project presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) in celebration of their 125th anniversary season.

        25th January 2016
        Marin Alsop (c) Grant Leighton (10)

        On Thursday February 11, 2016, Marin will lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a special anniversary concert at the Joseph Meyerhoff Hall as the Orchestra celebrates turning 100.The concert will be the highlight in a series of Anniversary Week events from February 10-14, marking the Orchestra’s inaugural concert that took place on February 11, 1916.

        21st December 2015

        2015 has been a very successful year for the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship. As the year draws to a close, Marin reflects on the recent success of her new Fellows and asks you to join her in supporting the Fellowship to continue the great work it does for aspiring women conductors.

        14th December 2015
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        On Sunday December 13, Marin conducted a free outdoor concert on Gonzaga beach in Santos, the traditional end to OSESP’s season. Closing the 2015 season, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra performed Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, music from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and with the OSESP Choir and Academic Choir, excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.

        23rd October 2015

        Marin Alsop makes a special return to Philadelphia to conduct the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra in Gershwin’s original Rhapsody in Blue on October 29, 30 and 31, 2015. She will conduct this again when she makes her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut on 27, 28 and 29 November 2015.

        2nd October 2015
        credit Natália Kikuchi 2014

        Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra have announced their 2016 season “State of Listening”. Spanning 32 weeks, the 2016 Season will feature ten programmes led by Marin, Music Director of OSESP, who will open and close the Season with Mahler’s First and Second Symphonies.

        17th September 2015
        Cuba rehearsal

        On Friday October 9, Marin Alsop will lead a special concert in the City of Havana to celebrate the 500th anniversary of its founding. Marin will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba with pianists Chucho Valdés, and Lang Lang.

          12th September 2015
          Proms 2

          In an evening that started with new music and ended with Last Night favorites, Marin used the traditional Last Night speech to convey the message music really does unite all. Read her full speech.

          11th September 2015

          Marin Alsop brings the BBC Proms to a spectacular close on Saturday September 12 conducting the BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, tenor Jonas Kaufmann, soprano Daniele de Niese and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

          4th September 2015

          Marin Alsop has been appointed to lead the graduate conducting program at the Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University. As director of graduate conducting, she succeeds one of her mentors, Gustav Meier, who is retiring after a venerable and award-winning career, including nearly 20 years teaching at Peabody.

            28th August 2015

            Ever wanted to learn the basic fundamentals of conducting? In an exclusive partnership with Classic FM Marin presents a series of video masterclasses on all aspects of conducting, from how to use the baton to that iconic big finish.

              10th July 2015
              Campos do Jordao 10

              The 46th Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival has officially started, and it’s been a busy first week at the Festival for Marin Alsop who opened the Festival at the Auditorio Claudio Santoro on July 4, with the Säo Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

              2nd June 2015

              An exciting two week celebration of new music is fast approaching as composers, artists and the Cabrillo orchestra all come together for the 2015 Festival. Although not until August (2-16), behind-the-scenes it’s busier than ever as preparations get underway. As the weeks lead-up to the Festival, Marin will be providing her own insight into the work that goes into being Music Director, often from the other side of the world!

              29th May 2015

              Marin Alsop and the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship are very happy to announce Valentina Peleggi as the 2015-17 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow. In response to the high number of outstanding candidates, the Fellowship has expanded to also include two Associate Fellows, Marzena Diakun and Ruth Reinhardt.

              19th May 2015
              QEC finalists

              Marin Alsop is in Brussels this week rehearsing with the National Orchestra of Belgium and the 12 violin soloists who have made the final of the Queen Elisabeth Competition (25 – 30 May). Follow all the behind-the-scenes action with Marin’s blog.

              18th May 2015

              Marin Alsop has returned to Belgium to conduct the finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, which this year focusses on violinists.

              23rd April 2015

              Marin is to be the conductor for this year’s Last Night of the BBC Proms with a star-studded line-up. She will also conduct the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment in an all-Brahms Prom in September 1.

              15th April 2015
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              It was announced today that the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra have extended Marin Alsop’s contract as Music Director until December 21st 2019.

              14th April 2015

              From August 2-16, Santa Cruz will become a nexus of creativity as Marin Alsop and the amazing Festival Orchestra, 12 composers in residence and 5 international guest artists come together once again for an incredible festival dedicated to contemporary music.

              20th March 2015
              Marin Alsop (c) Grant Leighton (7)

              Marin Alsop has been awarded Harvard University’s Luise Vosgerchian teaching Award, an award that honors a nationally recognized music educator. The award offers an honorarium of $10,000 and is administered by the Office for the Arts at Harvard through its Learning from Performers program.

                17th March 2015

                The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop have announced their 2015/16 centennial season. To mark the centenary BSO present a star-studded line-up of artists and promise lots of enticing repertoire from huge blockbusters of standard repertoire, to contemporary works and world premieres.

                13th March 2015
                Photo by Martin Seck

                The New School’s Mannes College in New York has awarded four students with the Alsop Entrepreneurship Award, a prize generously funded by Marin Alsop and the Alsop Family Foundation to fund innovative projects in music entrepreneurship.

                6th March 2015
                Credit: Rodrigo Rosenthal

                Marin and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) opened their 2015 season at Sala São Paulo last week. The concert of Mahler and Rouse was praised in Folha de São Paulo, saying “today’s OSESP is ‘Marin Alsop’s OSESP”.

                24th February 2015
                Ruth and Lamar

                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.

                16th February 2015

                On Tuesday February 17 – Saturday 21 February 2015 Marin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist David Fray embark on a tour of the Netherlands and Belgium with an all-Beethoven program. The tour culminates with a concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall on February 21.

                12th February 2015

                Marin Alsop is supporting a campaign by film maker James Bartolomeo to make a documentary short about the BSO OrchKids. The aim is for the film to be the cornerstone of a broad and far-reaching awareness campaign.

                23rd January 2015

                Marin returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra this February, taking an all-Beethoven program on a five date tour of the Netherlands, Belgium and UK. The repertoire for the concerts includes Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Symphony No. 7 and the Third Piano Concerto performed by French pianist David Fray.

                24th December 2014

                2014 has been another busy year for Marin Alsop. Although the year has been tinged with sadness after losing both her parents and her dear friend Mary Whitaker, there have also have been many highlights. Here is a summary of just some of the many events that have taken place this year.

                4th November 2014

                As part of a series of events taking place at London’s Southbank Centre to mark the World War I centenery, Marin will conduct musicians of the Royal Academy of Music, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Voicelab Children’s Choir and soloists in a performance of Britten’s towering War Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall.

                20th October 2014
                OSESP logo

                Music Director Marin Alsop and the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) have just announced their 2015 season. With the theme “Places of Music”, the 2015 season will comprise a program of works that evoke real or imaginary places.

                1st October 2014

                You can now apply for the 2015-17 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship. Set up by Marin Alsop, the aim of the Taki Concordia Fellowship to promote, present, and encourage talented women conductors at the beginning of their careers.

                26th September 2014

                On Sunday 28 September, Marin appeared on BBC Radio 4′s Desert Island Discs. Presented by Kirsty Young, Marin talks through the music, book and luxury she’d take if she was cast away and the memories behind each one.

                12th September 2014

                On Saturday September 13, Marin and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will take part in a Star-Spangled Spectacular, celebrating the bicentennial of the American National Anthem.

                5th September 2014
                RPS logo

                Marin Alsop has received honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society in recognition of her outstanding services to music. The presentation was made by RPS trustee, composer Colin Matthews, on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Proms concert on Thursday 4 September.

                24th August 2014
                Brazil tour logo

                In August 2014 the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra celebrated their 60th anniversary. To mark this occasion Marin and OSESP are embarking on a tour of five state capitals of Brazil from the 17 – 23 August. Follow Marin’s tour blog to find out her experiences as she travels the country!

                22nd August 2014
                Parents' memorial concert, April 2014

                It is with great sorrow to hear of the death of Mary Whitaker who died in Chautaqua on 21 August in tragic circumstances.

                28th July 2014
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                A look back at some of the highlights of the 45th Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, which took place 5th July – 3rd August 2014.

                3rd July 2014
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                As Music Director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), Marin Alsop will return to curate the 45th Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, taking place between the 5 July and 3 August, 2014.

                25th April 2014
                Marin Alsop (credit Alessandra Fratus)

                Music Director Marin Alsop returns to lead the Festival in an extraordinary offering of new music and a remarkable line-up of guest artists with a program featuring thirteen composers in residence, three world premieres, two US premieres and four West Coast premieres.

                24th April 2014
                Marin Alsop (c) Grant Leighton (8)

                Following Marin Alsop’s triumph at the Last Night of the Proms in 2013, she makes a welcome return to the BBC Proms this season on Thursday September 4 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

                6th March 2014
                Baltimore logo

                Marin and the Baltimore Symphony have announced their 2014-15 season with themes exploring spirituality and transcendence.

                20th December 2013

                2013 has been an extraordinary year for Marin Alsop, with highlights including becoming the first female to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms and taking her São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) on a major European tour. Read a round-up of 2013 and view a selection of photo highlights!

                27th November 2013
                OrchKid Asia Palmer and OrchKids Artistic Director Dan Trahey accept a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

                OrchKids, the outreach program set up by Marin Alsop, has been selected as a recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Award at the White House. The news comes ahead of another exciting opportunity for BSO OrchKids who, as well as Marin and 32 musicians from the BSO, will perform at the Ravens’ Thanksgiving Day game on November 28.

                10th September 2013

                On Saturday night Marin made history as the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms. She conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as well as soloists Joyce DiDonato, Nigel Kennedy and Iestyn Davies to an extremely enthusiastic and patriotic audience of over 6,000 inside London’s Royal Albert Hall.

                4th September 2013
                Last Night of the BBC Proms

                The BBC Proms season draws to a close on Saturday 7 September as Marin Alsop takes to the podium to conduct the Last Night celebrations. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC television and radio, on the BBC’s big screens around Britain as well as to listeners and viewers around the world.

                24th July 2013
                Baltimore logo

                The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announces that Music Director Marin Alsop will continue her commitment to the Orchestra with the signing of a six-year contract that extends from September 2015 to August 2021, her second contract renewal with the Orchestra.

                3rd July 2013

                After an accident in her hotel on Monday night, Marin Alsop has damaged her wrist and been advised to cancel her conducting appointments for the month of July. More news will be posted here soon.

                  17th June 2013
                  OSESP logo

                  In October 2013 Marin Alsop will bring the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil’s leading cultural export, to Europe for a 15 concert tour…

                  23rd May 2013
                  Marin Alsop (credit Bruno Vessiez)

                  From Monday 27 May until Saturday 1 June, Marin Alsop will be conducting the final of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, this year devoted to the piano.

                  3rd May 2013
                  Marin Alsop (credit Alessandra Fratus)

                  The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new orchestral music, has announced the program for its 51st season taking place in Santa Cruz, California, from 2 – 11 August 2013. This year Marin Alsop welcomes young international talents for their debuts, and presents works by thirteen composers, with ten in residence.

                  18th April 2013
                  Last Night of the BBC Proms

                  Marin Alsop has been announced as the conductor for the 2013 Last Night of the BBC Proms. Taking place at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 7 September 2013, and televised worldwide, Marin will make history as the first female conductor to ever conduct the Last Night…

                  5th March 2013
                  Marin and Petula

                  Marin Alsop returned to London’s Southbank Centre, where she is Artist in Residence, to conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 8 March …

                  1st March 2013
                  Baltimore logo

                  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has announced their 2013-14 season with themes including loss, solace and community. Talking about the season, BSO Music Director Marin Alsop said: “Sometimes through tragedy, whether a …

                  13th February 2013
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                  Marin Alsop returns to London’s Royal Festival Hall next week for two concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, of which is a regular guest-conductor, as part of the Southbank Centre’s The Rest …

                  10th October 2012

                  Marin Alsop makes her Viennese debut with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein on October 14. Her ‘From the New World’ programme begins with Barber’s Essay No.2 and culminates in Dvořák’s Ninth …

                  12th April 2012
                  Opens season at Sao Paulo

                  Marin Alsop opened her first season as Principal Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) with concerts on March 8 to 11. Alsop conducted Shostakovich Symphony No.5 and Mozart’s Piano …

                  22nd February 2011
                  20 years at Cabrillo

                  In Santa Cruz, California, July 31 through August 14, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music will celebrate Marin Alsop’s 20th anniversary season as Music Director/Conductor. Fifteen composers-in-residence will join Marin …

                  10th November 2010
                  OSESP logo

                  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. …

                  21st August 2009
                  Bernstein Project

                  Artistic Director Marin Alsop curates a season-long project celebrating the great icon of 20th-century music making, Leonard Bernstein, including more than 30 performances, talks and workshops. Find out more at …

                  4th January 2009
                  Baltimore contact extended

                  Upon signing the contract, Marin Alsop commented: My work so far with the Baltimore Symphony has been the thrill of a lifetime. Our progress over the past two seasons is …

                  6th October 2008

                  Leonard Bernstein, for me, was the greatest risk-taker in twentieth-century classical music. He thrived on conflict, and this is nowhere more evident than in his most controversial composition, Mass. I’m …