Alexandra Arrieche receives BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellowship
The fellowship, established in 2007 by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Institute and patterned after a similar project by the League of American Orchestras, provides intensive mentoring and experience for promising conductors.
The award includes full tuition to Peabody, where the recipient embarks on a one-year artist diploma program, and interaction throughout the season with BSO music director Marin Alsop.
In 2011, Arrieche received the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Alsop to encourage women conductors. Arrieche also studied with in Brazil with Alsop, who is music director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.
In a statement, Arrieche said that "shadowing [Alsop] both in Baltimore and Sao Paulo has already benefited me immensely. It is inspiring to watch her conduct. Her passion for music is contagious."
Arrieche said that, in addition to improving her musical skills, she is eager to ...
Alsop praised Arrieche's "musical sensitivity [which makes] her a leader that orchestras respond to and want to follow.”
Arrieche, who won the University of Sao Paulo Symphony's conducting competition in 2007, has subsequently worked with such ensembles as the London Symphony, North Czech Philharmonic and Nashville Symphony Orchestra. She received a scholarship to Bard College in 2010.
Arrieche is the first woman to receive the BSO-Peabody Fellowship. She joins a roster of talented young conductors that includes Joseph Young, Ilyich Rivas and Lee Mills.
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