Alondra de la Parra
A gifted and charismatic communicator, conductor Alondra de la Parra has been generating attention and rapture on the international stage. Her compelling musical insight and passion have made her a coveted artist throughout the world.
Her 2021/22 engagements include Danish National Symphony for the Scandinavian premiere of Thomas Larcher’s Piano Concerto with Kirill Gerstein, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich for New Year’s concerts with Julian Pregardien, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. With the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, she will tour Spain with Maria Duenas and Germany with Nemanja Radulovic. Further ahead, Alondra makes her debut with the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble, and returns to Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sao Paolo Symphony and Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España.
This season she will conduct the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s Like Water for Chocolate for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, working alongside choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. She will also conduct the Kenneth Macmillan production of Romeo and Juliet (also for the Royal Ballet) and Swanlake for Staatsballett Berlin.Read more
Highlights of previous seasons include Carlos Padrissa’s highly acclaimed 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, 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 became the first ever Music Director of an Australian orchestra when she took up the position with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, a position she held until 2019.
Whilst studying piano and conducting at the Manhattan School of Music, Alondra founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA) in 2004, aged 23. Her intention was to create an orchestra which serves 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 Charts and was the first ever classical recording in Mexico to achieve platinum sales, which it did within 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, both as protagonist and reporter meeting 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.”