Marin Alsop named principal conductor of Sao Paulo orchestra, will remain with BSO
Marin Alsop, who is used to holding down more than one job at a time, has been named principal conductor of the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil.
Her five-year contract starts with the 2012-13 season and calls for 10 weeks of conducting each season.
Alsop, who succeeds Yan Pascal Tortelier in the Sao Paulo post, plans to remain as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which she joined in 2007.
She is slated to remain in the BSO post until 2015 and has been spending 14-16 weeks with the BSO per season. (During her first few years here, she was concurrently principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in England.)
In a press conference in Sao Paulo on Saturday (photo above), Alsop said her goal is
Here's a statement from BSO president and CEO Paul Meecham:
We are elated and proud that Marin's commitment to artistic excellence, passion for engaging the community and spirit of innovation are in increasing demand worldwide ... Sao Paulo's artistic community is thriving and provides another fertile home for Marin's dynamic vision. And the wonderful thing is that, being in the Southern Hemisphere, [the orchestra's] winter/spring season is totally complementary to the BSO's schedule.