Alondra de la Parra
A natural communicator with a charismatic personality, conductor Alondra de la Parra’s compelling musical insight continues to attract international attention throughout the world.
This season she returns to Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and London Philharmonic Orchestra and makes her debut with Staatsorchester Stuttgart. On the stage, she returns to Deutsche Oper to conduct Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty with Staatsballett-Berlin in a new choreography by Marcia Haydée.
Other engagements in 2020/21 include a tour with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with Khatia Buniatishvili, her debut with Museumsorchester Frankfurt, a series of concerts celebrating Piazzolla’s 100th anniversary, a concert with Rolando Villazón and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and a New Year’s concert with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Simone Rubino at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt. With tenor Julian Prégardien, her concerts include Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Danish National Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and Hannover Staatstheater.Read more
Engagements in recent seasons have included Carlos Padrissa’s highly acclaimed new staged production of Mozart Thamos, King in Egypt with Camerata Salzburg and the theatre collective La Fura dels Baus at the 2019 Salzburg Mozartwoche (repeated at the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence), concerts with Orchestre de Paris (broadcast live on ARTE), Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Bamberger Symphoniker, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Verbier Festival Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and a live orchestral performance of the film West Side Story to a capacity 10,000 audience at Mexico’s Auditorio Nacional.
In 2017, Alondra de la Parra became the first ever Music Director of an Australian orchestra when she took up the position with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, a position she until 2019.
Whilst studying piano and conducting at the Manhattan School of Music, Alondra de la Parra founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA) in 2004, when she was 23. Her intention was to create an orchestra which would serve as a platform to showcase young performers and composers from the Americas, placing music from the Americas amongst standard orchestral repertoire. Their first recording, Mi Alma Mexicana (My Mexican Soul) was released by Sony Classical to celebrate Mexico’s Bicentennial Anniversary. It reached the top 10 of the US Billboard Classical Chart and was the first ever classical recording in Mexico to achieve platinum sales, which it did in only 2 months. She is an official Cultural Ambassador of Mexico.
She conducted the Staatskapelle Dresden in their 2019 Christmas Concert at Frauenkirche, which was broadcast by the German TV channel ZDF. Over the past three years, Deutsche Welle has broadcast Musica Maestra, a television series devised and presented by Alondra de la Parra, both as protagonist and reporter in which she meets a variety of artists from around the world. Over the past three seasons, she has interviewed such guests as John Malkovich, Jan Lisiecki, Gautier Capuçon, Zenaida Yanowsky, and has filmed from such venues as Salzburg, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Monte Carlo, Mexico and Queensland!
“Alondra de la Parra was a superb stage director without ‘sitting down’ on the orchestra… that gave the Thursday concert in the Concert Hall an absolutely terrific ending.” [translated from Danish]
“Alondra de la Parra is one of the many younger female conductors who are well on their way to conquering the conductor’s podiums in the world of classical music…character and colour came into her work with DR’s large orchestra” [translated from Danish]
“’There’s no doubt that with Alondra de la Parra, classical music has arrived into the XXI Century,’ proclaimed France’s Le Monde newspaper after a triumphant appearance on a Parisian concert stage.
“Year by year, Alondra has become more in demand as a guest conductor, resulting in performances with over 100 of the world’s most notable symphony orchestras and invitations to serve as the artistic director of symphonies in Mexico and Australia. Recently, she has expanded her career horizon by adding conducting ballet and opera productions to her portfolio.”
“In the most exciting QSO concert in memory, resident music director Alondra de la Parra conducted a never-to-be-forgotten performance that was bursting at the seams with vitality, giving the smiling players a white-knuckle ride that looked as enjoyable as it was terrifying.”
“Ravel was the standout and grew stronger as its journey progressed. Suite 2’s Lever du jour, Daybreak, glowed, De La Parra achieving a gloriously sumptuous, sonic realm. An enjoyable concert.”