In a world still dominated by males, Alondra de la Parra is in a league of her own. Beginning next year, she will be the first female chief conductor and musical director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, one of Australia's three largest orchestras.
Making Music History: Alondra de la Parra
In a world still dominated by males, conductor and pianist Alondra de la Parra is in a league of her own. Beginning next year, she will be the first female chief conductor and musical director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, one of Australia’s three largest orchestras.
Naming de la Parra chief conductor made music history given the still sizable gender gap in the world of major symphony orchestras. For example, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Marin Alsop became the first female conductor of a major American orchestra in 2007. Overall, there are less than a dozen women leading major orchestras.
However, de la Parra is no stranger to making music history. In 2004, she became the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York. Last year, she became the first female and the first Mexican to lead France’s Orchestre de Paris. At age 23, she started the New York based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, an international symphony orchestra that showcases young composers and performers of the Latin American region.
A hero for women of all ages, de la Parra says the appointment is “something very exciting,” and “definitely a dream come true.”
To read more about Alondra de la Parra and her work, check out this article.
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