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August 10, 2012

Alexandra Arrieche receives BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellowship

Brazilian-born Alexandra Arrieche has been named the 2012 recipient of the 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 ...

gain a more full understanding of the additional skills in PR, marketing and fundraising, for example, that are required of music directors of modern orchestras."

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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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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