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Marin Alsop
, conductor

Short Biography

"In an era when great Brahms interpreters are a bit thin on the ground, Alsop is well on her way to becoming one of the best". (London Philharmonic/ Royal festival Hall, January 2000).

Whether conducting the Brahms Requiem with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on authentic instruments, bringing fresh insights to the symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Shostakovich and Mahler, or championing American composers such as Corigliano and Rouse around the world, Alsop’s rare talent for communication, her passionate sense of discovery and her clear, fluid technique have won her respect and admiration on both sides of the Atlantic.

Newly appointed Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Britain from the 2002/ 2003 season, she has been Musical Director of the Colorado Symphony since 1993, where her innovative programming has won several national awards, and will stay on there as Music Director Laureate for 2 more years. Alsop’s reputation in North America has been secured also through her high-profile guest appearances with orchestras such as New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony (Washington), Minnesota Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Atlanta, Houston and Cincinnati and her successful Music Directorship at the Cabrillo Festival of contemporary music.

In addition to her 12 weeks per season as Principal Conductor in Bournemouth, which will include national and international tours and recordings, Marin Alsop is much in demand as a guest conductor in Europe with orchestra such as: London Symphony; London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia di Roma.

As Principal Guest with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra since 1999 she has recorded a complete Barber orchestral cycle on Naxos, the first disc of which was nominated for a Gramophone Award and a Classical Brit Award. She has also recorded on Koch and RCA Red Seal with the Colorado Symphony and Concordia.

Marin Alsop is a native of New York City, graduate of Yale and Juilliard, and winner of the Stokowski competition and of the Koussevitzky Prize at Tanglewood, where she was a pupil of Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, and Gustav Meier.

Marin Alsop appears by arrangement with Intermusica Artists’ Management Ltd.

October 2002/450 words

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