Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is internationally recognized as having achieved
a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its enduring
pursuit of artistic excellence, the BSO has attracted a devoted national and international
following, while maintaining deep bonds throughout Maryland with innovative education and
The BSO made musical history in September 2007, when Marin Alsop led her inaugural
concerts as the orchestra's 12th music director, making her the first woman to head a major
American orchestra. With her highly praised artistic vision, her dynamic musicianship, and
her commitment to accessibility in classical music, Ms. Alsop's leadership has ushered in a
new era for the BSO and its audiences.
The BSO maintains a regular performance presence at Carnegie Hall. In February 2008, Ms.
Alsop made her Carnegie Hall debut in a BSO program that featured the New York premiere of
Steven Mackey's Time Release. In October 2008, as part of the Hall's Bernstein
festival, the BSO performed Bernstein's Mass; in November 2010, they performed two
concerts at Carnegie Hall-one that featured Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with pianist
Simon Trpčeski and the other with New York City high school students in Too Hot to
Handel: The Gospel Messiah.
Under Ms. Alsop's leadership, the BSO has added several critically acclaimed albums to its
impressive discography. This includes Bernstein's Mass, featuring baritone
Jubilant Sykes, the Morgan State University Choir, and the Peabody Children's Chorus; the
album was recorded after three sold-out shows in Baltimore, and rose to No. 6 on
Billboard's classical chart and received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best
Classical Album. In addition, the BSO and Ms. Alsop have partnered with the Naxos label to
record a three-disk Dvořák symphony cycle. The first disc, which includes the Symphony No.
9, "From the New World," and the Symphonic Variations, was released in February
2008, with subsequent releases of the symphonies nos. 6, 7, and 8 in 2009 and 2010.
The 2011-2012 season marks the seventh full season of the orchestra's second home, the
1,976-seat Music Center at Strathmore, located in North Bethesda, Maryland. With the
opening of the Music Center in February 2005, the BSO became the nation's first orchestra
with year-round venues in two metropolitan areas.
Hailed as one of the world's leading conductors for her artistic vision and commitment to
accessibility in classical music, Marin Alsop made history with her appointment as the 12th
music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. With her inaugural concerts in
September 2007, she became the first woman to head a major American orchestra. She also
holds the title of conductor emeritus at the Bournemouth Symphony in the United Kingdom,
where she served as principal conductor from 2002 to 2008, and is music director of the
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California.
In 2005, Ms. Alsop was named a MacArthur Fellow, the first conductor ever to receive this
prestigious award. She was honored with a European Women of Achievement Award in 2007; the
following year, she was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences. In 2009, Musical America named Ms. Alsop Conductor of the Year. In
November 2010, she was inducted into the Classical Music Hall of Fame. In February 2011,
Ms. Alsop was named the music director of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo
(OSESP), or the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, effective for the 2012-2013 season. Ms.
Alsop was named to The Guardian's Top 100 Women list in March 2011. In 2011, Ms.
Alsop was named an artist-in-residence at the Southbank Centre in London.
A regular guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra,
London Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ms. Alsop appears frequently as a
guest conductor with the most distinguished orchestras around the world. In addition to her
performance activities, she is also an active recording artist with award-winning cycles of
Brahms, Barber, and Dvořák.
Marin Alsop attended Yale University and received her master's degree from The Juilliard
School. In 1989, her conducting career was launched when she won the Koussevitzky
Conducting Prize at Tanglewood, where she studied with Leonard Bernstein.