New kid on Chicago blockmain
A jury led by Riccardo Muti has selected Lina Gonzalez-Granados as the CSO’s next conducting apprentice, a post named after Sir Georg Solti.
Lina, a Colombian, is a protégée of Marin Alsop in Baltimore and a student of Bramwell Tovey at Boston University.
She says: ‘I want to give special thanks to my Mom who would drive me to piano, and english lessons. Sometimes she would walk me there on a 90 degree weather and killing sun, giving up her dreams so I can fulfill mine. We would have lunch sometimes at our taxi, and she would sit for hours in those lobbys of the piano academy. And my dad too who worked sometimes 32-48hr shifts to pay those lessons and give me a good life. From Cali (Colombia) to the amazing places Im every single week…its the work of my parents and their sacrifice, what has gotten me here so far away from my house.’