Mexican conductor, Alondra de la Parra talks about how differently she experiences nerves depending on whether she is rehearsing or giving a concert. She reveals that being a student pianist was far more nerve-racking for her than being an international conductor, and how she tries to support the musicians in the orchestra from the podium.Alondra de la Parra has been appointed Music Director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra from 2017.

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Conductor 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 holds the distinction of being the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City, and is an official Cultural Ambassador of Mexico. She has been heralded by Plácido Domingo as “an extraordinary conductor” and the French newspaper Le Monde states that “there is no doubt that with Alondra de la Parra classical music has arrived into the 21st Century”.

Frequently in demand as guest conductor, Alondra de la Parra has led some of the most prestigious orchestras of France, Germany, USA, Japan, Brazil, Sweden and Russia including the Orchestre de Paris, RSB Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Milan’s Cameristi della Scala. She also undertook a tour across China with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Tolouse. In Latin America, De la Parra works frequently Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and with the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, from whom she received their highest award. She has also conducted 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 and the National Symphony.

Born in New York City in 1980, De la Parra moved to Mexico with her parents at age 2. She attended the Manhattan School of Music where she obtained her BM in piano performance and her Masters degree in Orchestra Conducting both with the highest honors.

In 2004 at age 23 Alondra de la Parra founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA). Her mission was to create an orchestra that would serve as a platform to showcase young performers and composers of the Americas, giving the continent’s music an unquestioned place in the standard orchestral repertoire. With POA De la Parra recorded her debut Album “Mi Alma Mexicana” (“My Mexican Soul”) released in 2010 by Sony Classical which celebrates Mexico’s Bicentennial anniversary with 200 years of Mexican orchestral music. The album was amongst the top 10 on the US Billboard Classical Chart and was the first classical recording in more than a decade to earn Platinum Record Status in Mexico in less than two months.

Since 2003, Alondra has developed several education programs in public schools of New York. In Oaxaca she worked with the Benito Juárez Youth Philharmonic Band. She developed and directed a 10-day clinic program, assisted by members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in which she worked with the children of the Orquesta Renacimiento in the state of Guerrero in Mexico. She is working on continuing these programs all around Mexican territory. She also organized a free conducting programme with Kenneth Kiesler for Mexican rising talents that celebrated its second edition this year.

Alondra de la Parra has been appointed Music Director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra from 2017.