FORA.tv Speaker - Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop made history as the first woman to head a major American orchestra when she became the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony. She began playing piano at age two, violin at five, entered Julliard pre-college at seven, decided to become a conductor at nine, and entered Yale at sixteen. In 1991 she made her professional conducting debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She continues to appear regularly with these orchestras, in addition to the London Philharmonic.
Winner of Gramophone's “Artist of the Year” award and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Alsop was the first conductor to be named a MacArthur Fellow. In 2006 she was the only classical musician invited to attend the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
A protégée of Leonard Bernstein, in 2009 Alsop became the artistic director of London’s Southbank Centre’s season-long The Bernstein Project. Encompassing more than 30 events, the series draws from Bernstein’s work as a musician, humanitarian, and educator.
11.19.12 | 01:08:08 min
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