This is seriously cool.
Alondra de la Parra, who has cancelled her season’s engagements to have a baby, has been named music director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Seriously cool – except for the Brisbane temperatures, which run into the 40s.
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of acclaimed conductor Alondra de la Parra as Music Director.
It is the first appointment of a Music Director by any Australian orchestra, and is the first Music Director position for Ms de la Parra.
QSO Chief Executive Officer Ms Sophie Galaise said Ms de la Parra was revered as one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. “The appointment of Alondra de la Parra is a major turning point for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra – not only are we the first in the country to appoint a Music Director, therefore aligning ourselves with the great orchestras of the world, but with our first Music Director we have secured a music leader who could choose to work with any orchestra across the globe,” she said.
In May this year Ms de la Parra performed to standing ovations with the QSO. As Music Director designate in 2016 she will open QSO’s concert season with Mahler 2 on February 27. Ms de la Parra will commence her three year role as Music Director in 2017, the orchestra’s 70th anniversary year, and she will be resident in Brisbane throughout the year.