Marin Alsop

Biography

Born: 1956   Country: USA  
Marin Alsop is an American conductor and jazz violinist whose parents were both orchestral musicians, and whose father once toured with Fred Waring. Raised in a very traditional musical environment, Alsop studied music at Yale and took her degree in violin performance from the Juilliard School. Alsop's childhood idol was conductor Leonard Bernstein, and, in 1988 and 1989, she studied with Bernstein on a conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood. In Read more 1989, Alsop was awarded the Koussevitsky Conducting Prize, and later that year the Stokowski Prize. Alsop also studied conducting with Seiji Ozawa, Carl Bamberger, and Harold Farberman.

In 1981, Alsop founded the New York-based String Fever, a ten-piece chamber ensemble devoted to the literature of Big Band Swing. 1984, Alsop founded a larger group, the Concordia Orchestra, which performs classical music with as jazz flavor, compositions such as the orchestral works of stride pianist James P. Johnson, and the Gospel version of Handel's Messiah. In 1991, Alsop accepted a post as director of the Cabrillo Music Festival; two years later, she got her first job as the regular conductor of an American orchestra, the Colorado Symphony.

Needless to say, the very idea that a woman could land a conductor's position in such a highly competitive, and overwhelmingly male, job market, did not escape the notice of commentators and the press. Nor did the level of accomplishment to which Alsop took her respective organizations; the Cabrillo Festival was distinguished with an ASCAP award in 1991, and the Colorado Symphony received the same honor in 1997 and 2000. Demand for Alsop's services as a guest conductor became very high, and in 1994 the position of "creative conductor chair" was invented for her at the St. Louis Symphony.

In 1996, Alsop was appointed conductor laureate of the Eugene (Oregon) Symphony. Alsop responded to an increasing number of requests for European appearances by accepting the position of Principal Guest conductor of the London Sinfonietta. In 2001, Alsop agreed to become the Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and began her tenure there in the 2002-2003 season.

In 2006, the classical world was stunned by the news that Alsop had been named Principal Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, beginning with the 2007-2008 season. It was the first time a woman had been chosen for a regular conducting post with a major American orchestra, and not a choice that was without a measure of controversy. Nevertheless, Alsop seems good for it - in 2005 she won both the Royal Philharmonic Society's Conductor Award and Gramophone Magazine's "Artist of the Year" distinction, and became the first conductor to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. In the time Alsop has led the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra she has helped build the orchestra into one of the UK's most popular ensembles.

Alsop maintains an incredibly busy schedule, often conducting on both sides of the Atlantic in the same month. Surprisingly, Alsop is under-recorded by commercial classical music concerns. For Naxos, she has undertaken the complete orchestral music of Barber and works by Bartók, Brahms, Philip Glass, Roy Harris, Orff, Takemitsu, and Kurt Weill. Moreover, she has recorded an item here and there for other labels, including works of Rouse, Tower, Gershwin, James P. Johnson, Mark O'Connor, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Edward Collins. Read less
Bernstein: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 / Alsop, Baltimore Symphony
Release Date: 01/13/2017   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559790   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - Harris: Symphonies 3 & 4
Release Date: 07/25/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559227   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorak: Symphony No 6, Nocturne, Scherzo Capriccioso / Alsop, Baltimore Symphony
Release Date: 11/16/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570995   Number of Discs: 1
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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3; Scythian Suite; Autumn  / Alsop [blu-ray Audio]
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 47   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Symphony No 1, Overtures / Alsop, London PO
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557428   Number of Discs: 1
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    Naxos: The Anniversary Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503293 Release Date: 04/14/2017   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Bettina Eger,  Ute Hartwich,  Martin Kevenhörster,  Hans-Martin Kothe  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Georg Tintner,  Robert Stankovsky,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Bernstein: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 / Alsop, Baltimore Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559790 Release Date: 01/13/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Jennifer Johnson Cano,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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    Leonard Bernstein's Candide In Concert / Alsop, Chenoweth, Lupone, Westminster Symphonic Choir, New York Philharmonic
    Label: Shout Factory   Catalog: 16940 Release Date: 11/04/2016  
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Patti LuPone,  Kristin Chenoweth,  Paul Groves,  Janine LaManna  ... 
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Symphonic Choir,  New York Philharmonic
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    My First Classical Albums
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8509003 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Jürgen Schuster,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Éder String Quartet,  Danubius String Quartet,  German Wind Soloists  ... 
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    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 & Waltz Suite / Alsop, Sao Paulo Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573518 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
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    Puts: Symphony No. 2, Flute Concerto & River's Rush / Walker, Alsop, Peabody Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559794 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kevin Puts
    Performer:  Adam Walker
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Symphony Orchestra
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    Bernstein: Symphony No. 3
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559742 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Paulo Mestre,  Claire Bloom,  Kelley Nassief
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra Members,  Sao Paulo Symphony Choir,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Prokofiev: Symphony No 3, Scythian Suite... / Alsop
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573452 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra,  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3; Scythian Suite; Autumn  / Alsop [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 47 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra,  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
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    Battles In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 578293 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Leonardo Balada,  Roy Harris  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Salvador Mas Conde,  Marin Alsop,  Dmitry Yablonsky  ... 
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    Prokofiev: Symphonies No 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 573353 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1 'classical' & 2; Dreams
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 44 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
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    Prokofiev: Symphony No 4 / Alsop, Sao Paulo
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573186 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4 / Alsop, Sao Paulo Symphony [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 38 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
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    Kevin Puts: Symphony No 4 / Marin Alsop, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907580 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kevin Puts
    Conductor:  Craig Hella Johnson,  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Conspirare,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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    Brahms: German Requiem / Alsop, MDR Radio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572996 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Anna Lucia Richter,  Stephan Genz
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Middle German Radio Chorus Leipzig
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    My First Orchestra Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578253 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Larionoff
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Gerard Schwarz,  Nicholas Ward,  Anthony Bramall  ... 
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  • 18.
    American Pop: Works Of Michael Daugherty
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503267 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Erik Gratton,  Terrence Wilson,  Ann Richards,  Evelyn Glennie
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Giancarlo Guerrero
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Colorado Symphony Orchestra
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    Turnage: Orchestral Works / London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 66 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff,  Lawrence Power,  Michael Collins
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski,  Markus Stenz,  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Marin Alsop, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572207 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: Symphony No 5, The Year 1941 / Alsop, Sao Paulo Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 31 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: Symphony No  5, The Year 1941 / Alsop, Sao Paulo Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573029 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Music of Edward Joseph Collins / Alsop, Wild, Johansen, Michaels, Sykes, Polonsky, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1362 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Edward Joseph Collins
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Gunnar Johansen,  William Wolfram,  Leslie Stifelman  ... 
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan String Quartet,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Concordia  ... 
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  • 24.
    Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra; Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta / Alsop, Baltimore
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572486 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Fever Pitch / Marin Alsop, String Fever
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572835 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Rimelis,  J. Billy Ver Planck,  George Bogatko,  Michael Sahl
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  String Fever
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