Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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 the principal conductor from 2002-08.
She became music director in 2013, steering the orchestra in its artistic and creative programming, recording ventures and its education and outreach activities. In 2013, she served her 22nd season as the music director of the acclaimed Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California.
Her tenure as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has garnered national and international attention for her innovative programming and artistry. Her success was recognized when, in 2013, her tenure was extended through the 2020-21 season. When Musical America named Alsop the 2009 Conductor of the Year, they commented, “[Marin Alsop] connects to the public as few conductors today can.”
In September 2013, Marin Alsop made history as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in London.
In 2005, Marin Alsop was named a MacArthur Fellow, the first and only conductor ever to receive this most prestigious American award. Alsop is a regular guest conductor with the great orchestras of the world, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tonhalle Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony and La Scala Milan.
Marin Alsop also has led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in several key outreach initiatives, including OrchKid, a music education and life enrichment program for youth in inner-city Baltimore public schools. In 2010, she conducted the first Rusty Musicians with the BSO, an annual event that gives amateur musicians the chance to perform onstage with a professional symphony orchestra. That same year she conducted the inaugural BSO Academy, an immersive summer music program that gives amateur adult musicians the opportunity to perform alongside a top professional orchestra.