Marin Alsop made history with her appointment in 2007 as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the first woman to head a major American orchestra. This mirrored her ongoing success in the United Kingdom where she was Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony from 2002- 2008 and is now Conductor Emeritus.
Alsop also serves as Conductor Laureate of the Colorado Symphony following 12 years as Music Director, and since 1992 has been Music Director of California’s acclaimed Cabrillo Festival, which has won the coveted ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music every year since her appointment. The first artist to win both Gramophone’s “Artist of the Year” award and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor’s Award in the same season, Alsop was named to a MacArthur Fellowship, the first conductor to receive this prestigious American honor. She won the Classical Brit Award for Best Female Artist, and has also received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s BBC Radio 3 Listeners Award, as well as a European Women of Achievement Award. In Autumn 2008 she was inducted as a fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a regular guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. She appears every season with both the London Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and has conducted many other distinguished orchestras worldwide, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony, and La Scala Milan. Alsop can also be heard regularly as a commentator on NPR’s Weekend Edition segment “Marin on Music,” and on BBC’s Radio 3. In 2006, Alsop was the only classical musician invited to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, alongside presidents, prime ministers, and CEOs of the world’s most powerful companies. Marin Alsop is a native of New York City; she attended Yale University and received her Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School.