Marin Alsop recently made history with her appointment as 12th music director of the Baltimore Symphony, beginning with the 2007–2008 season. She is the first woman to head a major American orchestra, which mirrors her ongoing success in the United Kingdom as principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony since 2002. In summer 2005, she was named a MacArthur Fellow, the first conductor ever to receive this most prestigious American award. The first artist to win Gramophone’s Artist of the Year award and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor’s Award in the same season (2003), Ms. Alsop also won the Classical Brit Award for Best Female Artist of 2005. In July 2007, she was honored with a European Women of Achievement Award.
Ms. Alsop is a regular guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She also appears frequently as a guest conductor with many distinguished orchestras worldwide. After a highly successful 12-year tenure as music director of the Colorado Symphony, Ms. Alsop continues her association as conductor laureate; she also continues as music director of the acclaimed Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California.
Marin Alsop made her decision to become a conductor while growing up in New York City and seeing Leonard Bernstein conduct.
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