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Alondra de la Parra


Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances, making her one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. She was recently hailed as “uncommonly gifted … her blood and bone and breath are music. She is all music, from top to bottom and from inside out.” De la Parra holds the distinction of being the first woman from Mexico to conduct in New York City. She serves as Cultural Ambassador for Mexican Tourism.

Recent career highlights include conducting a gala concert with the Washington National Opera and Plácido Domingo; a return performance with the Russian National Orchestra; concerts with the Columbus, Miami New World and Houston symphonies; a performance with the Singapore Sun Festival Orchestra where she collaborated with actor Geoffrey Rush and a tribute to Gloria Estefan at the 2008 Latin Grammy Awards with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. She has collaborated with Joshua Bell and Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway with the Russian National Orchestra and conducted Venezuela’s Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, which awarded her their highest honor. Future engagements include performances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, a return engagement with the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra and concerts leading the Dallas, Phoenix and San Franciswco symphonies and Denmark’s Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with tenor Rolando Villazón.

De la Parra’s accolades include a proclamation from New York City honoring her for her contribution to the arts, as well as recognition by Symphony magazine as a “Young Artist on the Rise.” In May 2008, she became the youngest member to join the board of trustees of the Latin Grammy Awards.

In 2004, at age 23, Alondra de la Parra founded the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas with the mission to promote the work of young soloists and composers of the American continent. This summer, POA will be in residence at Napa Valley’s Festival del Sole and Vermont’s Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe.

Alondra de la Parra

photo Dario Acosta

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