Bio

About

Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances and her commitment to Latin American composers. She has conducted over 100 of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Bamberg Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

From January 2017 until November 2019, she was Music Director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, making her the first ever Music Director of an Australian orchestra. She is an official Cultural Ambassador of Mexico, where she saw platinum-level sales of her first album “Mi Alma Mexicana” and, in March 2017, was named international brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz. Since July 2017, Deutsche Welle broadcasts ‘Musica Maestra’, a new classical format featuring Alondra de la Parra as both protagonist and reporter in a series of several web videos and television shows.

In the 2019/20 season, she celebrates debuts with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at Musikverein, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with Rolando Villazón, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Staatskapelle Dresden for the 2019 Christmas Concert at Frauenkirche, broadcast by the German TV channel ZDF.

She conducts Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet with Queensland Ballet in Brisbane, a concert at Komische Oper Berlin with cellist Jan Vogler and returns to the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, which she has been working closely with for several years.

Alondra de la Parra also returns to Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, to Staatsoper Berlin for the resumption of Yuval Sharon’s production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte and to Royal Opera House in June 2020.

Engagements of the last seasons include her subscription debut with the NHK Symphony, her debut at Beethovenfest Bonn, her celebrated return to Orchestre de Paris which was broadcasted live by German-French TV channel Arte, appearances with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and a live orchestral performance of the film West Side Story at Mexico’s Auditorio Nacional as well as the world premiere of the new production T.H.A.M.O.S at Mozartwoche Salzburg, together with Camerata Salzburg and the theatre collective La Fura dels Baus around Carlus Padrissa, and her debut at the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence.

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Latin America

In Latin America, de la Parra works frequently with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic in Argentina, Montevideo’s Philharmonic in Uruguay and in Mexico, the orchestras of Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Sinaloa, Xalapa, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Estado de México, the National Symphony and the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, from whom she received an award for her work.

Alondra de la Parra founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA) in 2004, when she was 23. Her mission was to create an orchestra that would serve as a platform to showcase young performers and composers from the Americas, giving music from the Americas an unquestioned place in the standard orchestral repertoire.

‘Mi Alma Mexicana’ (‘My Mexican Soul’ released in 2010 by Sony Classical), her debut album with POA celebrating Mexico’s Bicentennial Anniversary reached the top 10 of the US Billboard Classical Chart and was the first classical recording to earn Platinum Status in Mexico less than two months after release in over a decade.

Since 2003, Alondra has developed several education programs in public schools of NY and in Mexico. She has done multidisciplinary collaborations with different artists, such as actors Geoffrey Rush and Robert Redford, filmmaker Michel Gondry, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and musicians such as Gloria Estefan, Natalia Lafourcade, Gustavo Santaolalla, among others. De la Parra performs frequently with Plácido Domingo, who has called her “an extraordinary conductor.”

Music

Conducting Positions

2017-2018

Queensland Symphony Orchestra: Music Director

2012 - 2013

Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco:
Music Director

2004 - 2011

Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas:
Founder and Music Director

2003 - 2011

Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe:
Music Director

2005 - 2008

Manhattan School of Music Symphony:
Assistant Cover Conductor

2005 - 2007

New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra:
Principal Guest Conductor

1995 - 1996

St. Leonard’s Mayfield School Orchestra:
Assistant Conductor

Guest Conductor

2017

- Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
- Tonhalle Orchester Zürich
- Bamberger Symphoniker
- Concerto Budapest
- Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo
- Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
- Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
- WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
- San Francisco Symphony

2016

- Tonhalle Orchester Zürich
- NHK Symphony Orchestra
- Queensland Symphony Orchestra
- Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica
- Bundesjungendorchester
- Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
- BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
- Orquesta Sinfónica de UANL
- Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México
- Orquesta Sinfónica de Durango
- Swedish Radio Orchestra
- Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin
- Orchestre National d'île de France

2015

– RTE National Symphony Orchestra
– Miami Symphony Orchestra
– Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich
– Orchestre Symphonique de Québec
– Cameristi della Scala
– Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra

2014

– Cameristi della Scala
– Festival del Sole at Napa Valley
– Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
– Orchestre National de Bordeaux
– Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra
– Orquesta Filarmónica 5 de Mayo
– Hyogo Peforming Arts Center Orchestra
– Kanazawa Ensemble
– Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra
– Orquesta Renacimiento
– Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira

2013

– Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
– Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
– Orchestre de Paris
– Orchestre du Capitole de Toulousse
– Banda Infantil y Juvenil Benito Juárez
– Orquesta Sinfónica de San Luis Potosí
– China Tour with Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse
– MDR Symphony Orchestra
– Bach Collegium Orchestra
– Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo

2012

– Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra
– Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira
– MDR Symphony Orchestra
– Orchestre National de Lyon
– Albustan Festival Orchestra, Lebanon
– Orchestra della Toscana
– Grosses Orchester Graz
– Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
– Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
– Quad City Symphony
– Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco
– Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa
– Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo

2011

– Bach Collegium Orchestra
– Quad City Symphony
– Hamburger Symphoniker
– Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock
– Tibilisi Symphony Orchestra
– Orlando Philharmonic
– Grant Park Orchestra
– Napa Valley Symphony
– Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico
– New York City Ballet Orchestra
– Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería
– Japan Virtuoso Symphony, Tokyo
– Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo
– Orquesta Juvenil Simón Bolívar
– Kammerakademie Potsdam
– Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México

2010

– Festival del Sole at Napa Valley
– Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo
– Kammerakademie Potsdam
– Sociedad Filarmónica Madrid-Berlin
– Tivoli Symphony Orchestra
– Chicago Sinfonietta
– Moritzburg Festival Orchestra
– Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
– San Francisco Symphony
– Dallas Symphony Orchestra

2009

– Festival del Sole at Napa Valley
– Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa
– Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo
– Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México
– San Francisco Symphony
– Dallas Symphony Orchestra
– New World Symphony
– Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
– Colorado Music Festival
– New Hampshire Music Festival
– Washington National Opera Gala Concert
– Phoenix Symphony
– Columbus Symphony
– Russian National Orchestra
– San Antonio Symphony
– Houston Symphony

2008

– Orquesta Juvenil Simón Bolívar
– Russian National Orchestra
– San Antonio Symphony
– Houston Symphony
– Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes
– Orquesta Internacional de las Artes
– Academies Festival Orchestra, Singapore
– Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes

2007

– Orquesta Juvenil Simón Bolívar
– Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes
– New York Pops: Guest Conductor

2006

– Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco
– Orquesta Juvenil del Estado de Veracruz
– Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo

2005

– Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México

Acknowledgements and Awards

2017

- Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassador
- Sports Emmy Award
- Honorary Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa granted by UVM
- Award by state of Queretaro
- Award by state of Puebla
- Award by state of Quintana Roo

2016

- Luna del Auditorio: London Philharmonic Orchestra
- Award by state of Durango

2015

- Montblanc Culture Arts Patronage Award

2013

- Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – Conductor Award
- Figura del año – Asociación Mexicana de Publicidad

2011

- Culture Award – American Business Council
- Gold Status Album: “Travieso Carmesí”, Amprofon

2010

- Platinum Status Album: “Mi Alma Mexicana”, Amprofon (First Album to ever receive this distinction in Latin America)
- Mérito Artístico, Premio Antena CIRT (awarded by Mexico’s President, Felipe Calderón)
- National Arts Award, Fundación Pedro Sarquís Merrewe

2009

- Revelation of the year, Mont Blanc Woman Award
- Woman of the Year – Arts & Culture, ‘Mujer Ejecutiva’ Magazine
- Appointed Cultural Ambassador for Mexican Tourism

2008

- Helen M. Thompson Award for Emerging Conductors, League of American Orchestras
- Pablo Casals Award, Manhattan School of Music
- Women’s Conducting Grant, League of American Orchestras

2007

- “Banda de Honor”, FESNOJIV (highest honor given to conductors by the Venezuelan System of Orchestras)
- Rising Star of the Year Award, New York Women’s Agenda
- Arts and Entertainment Award, 1010 Wins “Tomorrow’s Newsmakers”
- Taki Concordia Fellowship for Conductors Honorable Mention Award

2006

- Gabe Wiener Merit Scholarship for an Outstanding Student, Manhattan School of Music
- Taki Concordia Fellowship for Conductors Honorable Mention Award

2005

- “El Micrófono de Oro” Award, (Highest price given yearly from the Mexican Broadcasting Association)
- Presser Merit Scholarship Award, Manhattan School of Music

2005-2001

Dean’s list, Manhattan School of Music

2004

- “Amigos de la Música de Cuernavaca” Award
- Presser Merit Scholarship Award, Manhattan School of Music

New Music Premieres

2017

- Enrico Chapela, Piroklasta: World premier - Queensland Symphony Orchestra

- Joe Chindamo, Fantaskatto: World premier - Queensland Symphony Orchestra

- Emily Howrd, Sphere: World premier - Queensland Symphony Orchestra

2016

- Enrico Chapela, Magnetar: Concierto para Violochelo eléctrico: World premier - Bundesjungendorchester

- Enrico Chapela, Zimmergramm: World premier - Bundesjungendorchester

- Enrico Chapela, Acoussence: Música de Cámara: World premier - Bundesjungendorchester

- Enrico Chapela, Melate Binario: World premier - Bundesjungendorchester

2015

- Works by Enjott Schneider – CD Recording –Vienna, Austria

- Stacy Garrop, Mythology Symphony: World Premier – Chicago, USA

2009

- Francis Hime, Concerto for guitar and orchestra: World Premier Sao Paulo, Brazil

2008

- Sánchez Ortíz, Ometeotl: World Premier: New York, USA

- Works by Paul Brantley and Clarice Assad: New York, USA

2007

- Works by Martín Capella, Douglas Lora and Mark Bergman: New York, USA

2006

- Leonard Bernstein: Music from the film “West Side Story” – NY premier – Carnegie Hall

- Works by Eugenio Toussaint, Arturo Rodriguez, Paul Desenne, Pedro Da Silva, Joshua Feltman – NY, USA

2005

- Works by Mario Lavista, Enrico Chapela, Ernesto Villa-Lobos – New York, USA

2004

- Works by Timothy Hanson, Chistopher Fischer Lockhead – New York, USA

2003

- Works by Anthony Rosado and Vincent Raikhel – New York, USA

2000

Piano works - Zachary Abramson: Ten Preludes for solo piano MSM

Competitions

2008

- Conductors’ Competition Sir Georg Solti

2007

- 2nd Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition: (one of 14 selected out of 250 competitors)

2004

- Segundo Premio Eduardo Mata: (one of 12 selected participants)