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Conductor Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances, making her one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. She holds the distinction of being the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City, and is an official Cultural Ambassador of Mexico. She has been heralded by Plácido Domingo as “an extraordinary conductor” and the French newspaper Le Monde states that “there is no doubt that, with Alondra de la Parra classical music has arrived into the XXI Century”. Frequently in demand as guest conductor, Alondra de la Parra has led some of the most prestigious orchestras of France, Germany, USA, Japan, Brazil, Sweden and Russia including the Orchestre de Paris, RSB Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Milan’s Cameristi della Scala. She also undertook a tour across China with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Tolouse. In Latin America, de la Parra works frequently with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and with the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, from whom she received their highest award. She has also conducted Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic in Argentina, Montevideo’s Philharmonic in

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Conductor Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances, making her one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. She holds the distinction of being the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City, and is an official Cultural Ambassador of Mexico. She has been heralded by Plácido Domingo as “an extraordinary conductor” and the French newspaper Le Monde states that “there is no doubt that, with Alondra de la Parra classical music has arrived into the XXI Century”. Frequently in demand as guest conductor, Alondra de la Parra has led some of the most prestigious orchestras of France, Germany, USA, Japan, Brazil, Sweden and Russia including the Orchestre de Paris, RSB Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Milan’s Cameristi della Scala. She also undertook a tour across China with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Tolouse. In Latin America, de la Parra works frequently with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and with the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, from whom she received their highest award. She has also conducted Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic in Argentina, Montevideo’s Philharmonic in Uruguay and in Mexico, the orchestras of Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Sinaloa, Xalapa, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Estado de México and the National Symphony.

Highlights of season 2014-15 are return invitations to conduct RSB Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris. Following this, she will have make her debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich as well as her subscription debut with the NHK Symphony. She will also conduct the Verbier Festival Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Cameristi della Scala, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, she will work together with Tonkünstler Orchestra Vienna and composer Enjott Schneider on a new CD project. This summer she will conduct West Side Story with a live projection of the film in Mexico’s Auditorio Nacional.

Born in New York City in 1980, de la Parra moved to Mexico with her parents at age 2. She began playing the piano at age 7 and the cello at 13, and it was then when she decided she wanted to become an orchestra conductor. She returned to Mexico City and studied composition at the Centre of Research and Musical Studies (CIEM). After she moved New York City at age 19 and attended the Manhattan School of Music where she became recipient of the Presser Scholarship. There, she obtained her BM in piano performance with Jeffrey Cohen and her Masters degree in Orchestra Conducting with Kenneth Kiesler, both with the highest honors. In 2004 at age 23 Alondra de la Parra founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA). Her mission was to create an orchestra that would serve as a platform to showcase young performers and composers of the Americas, giving the continent’s music an unquestioned place in the standard orchestral repertoire. With POA de la Parra recorded her debut Album “Mi Alma Mexicana” (“My Mexican Soulreleased in 2010 by Sony Classical) which celebrates Mexico’s Bicentennial anniversary with 200 years of Mexican orchestral music. The album was amongst the top 10 on the US Billboard Classical Chart and was the first classical recording in more than a decade to earn Platinum Record Status in Mexico in less than two months. In the same year de la Parra and the POA performed during Mexico’s Bicentennial celebrations in the Monumento a la Independencia (Independence Monument, commonly known as “El Ángel”), an event that was attended by hundreds of thousands and seen around the world by an estimated 200 million households.

Since 2003, Alondra has developed several education programs in public schools of NY. In Oaxaca she worked with the Benito Juárez Youth Philharmonic Band. She developed and directed a 10-day clinic program, assisted by members of thSimón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in which she worked with the children of the Orquesta Renacimiento in the state of Guerrero in Mexico. She is working on continuing these programs all around Mexican territory. She also organized a free conducting programme with Kenneth Kiesler for Mexican rising talents that celebrated its second edition this year. De la Parra has done multidisciplinary collaborations with different artists, such as actors Geoffrey Rush and Robert Redford, filmmaker Michel Gondry, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and musicians such as Gloria Estefan, Natalia Lafourcade, Gustavo Santaolalla, among others. De la Parra performs frequently with Plácido Domingo.

Alondra de la Parra is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists.

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Reviews

"With incisive gestures, Ms. de la Parra elicited a vibrantly nuanced performance whose bristling conclusion had the audience on their feet. "

The New York Times

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Discography