The Queensland Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of acclaimed conductor Alondra de la Parra as Music Director.

Alondra de la Parra
Photograph: Descargas Cicero Rodrigues

It is the first appointment of a Music Director by any Australian orchestra, and is the first Music Director position for Ms de la Parra.

QSO Chief Executive Officer Ms Sophie Galaise said Ms de la Parra was revered as one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. “The appointment of Alondra de la Parra is a major turning point for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra – not only are we the first in the country to appoint a Music Director, therefore aligning ourselves with the great orchestras of the world, but with our first Music Director we have secured a music leader who could choose to work with any orchestra across the globe,” she said.

In May this year Ms de la Parra performed to standing ovations with the QSO. As Music Director designate in 2016 she will open QSO’s concert season with Mahler 2 on February 27. Ms de la Parra will commence her three year role as Music Director in 2017, the orchestra’s 70th anniversary year, and she will be resident in Brisbane throughout the year.

“It is truly a great honour to be chosen as the first Music Director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and a dream come true for me,” said Ms de la Parra. “The QSO is an innovative arts company, with a great vibrancy and truly outstanding musicality. I have worked with the world’s leading orchestras and I am truly excited to take on this new role and return to Queensland. Earlier in the year I had the pleasure of working closely with the QSO musicians and team and I’m looking forward to building on the positive connections that flourished during that time.”

As a conductor, Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread international acclaim for her spellbinding and vibrant performances. She has been heralded by Plácido Domingo as “an extraordinary conductor” and the French newspaper Le Monde wrote of her, “there is no doubt that with Alondra de la Parra classical music has arrived into the 21st century”.

She holds the distinction of being the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City, and is an official Cultural Ambassador of Mexico. Frequently in demand as guest conductor, Alondra de la Parra has led some of the most prestigious orchestras of France, Germany, UK, USA, Japan, Brazil, Sweden and Russia including the Orchestre de Paris, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, RSB Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Milan’s Cameristi della Scala. She is also a UNICEF Ambassador and is associated with Estee Lauder and Louis Vuitton.

 

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