Just in: Marin Alsop is to be Poland’s chief conductor

Just in: Marin Alsop is to be Poland’s chief conductor


norman lebrecht

June 05, 2023

The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra has appointed Marin Alsop as its Artistic Director and Chief Conductor from September.

Alsop, 66, has conducted the orchestra 15 times over the past two years and established a good relationship. She has also become involved with SPLOT–UA – a Polish residency programme for Ukrainian creatives.

She will also continue as chief of Vienna’s radio symphony orchestra.

Marin Alsop says: ‘I’m thrilled to accept this appointment and excited to continue our already thriving relationship. Our Japan tour last September and our ongoing recording and concert projects are part of a new vision for the 21st century orchestra. Together with Director, Ewa Bogusz-Moore, I look forward toinnovative projects such as Pen derecki’s rarely performed Black Mask and recording the music of
wonderful composers like Grazyna Bacewicz and Agata Zubel. NOSPR’s existing commitment to mentoring the next generations of musicians and conductors also aligns with my personal commitment to the future of classical music.’

Ewa Bogusz-Moore, NOSPR General and Programme Director, said: ‘We have had the pleasure of getting to know Marin Alsop over the past two years and we are delighted that she is now joining us as Artistic Director. Marin is a trailblazer who has initiated positive change within the industry and her work reflects NOSPR’s commitment to identify and address social inequalities. Our musicians greatly enjoy working with Marin, whose conducting technique and diligent work ethic always ensures musical excellence, and we all look forward to working closely with her over the coming years.’


  • Mark Mortimer says:

    For God sake- no- surely not. She’s hopeless- I’m off to the pharmacist for some help.

    • Łukasz Klasyczny says:

      Sounds like you need it…

      Very happy for Marin, I’ve been lucky to play under her twice now and both times she was great. Congratulations NOSPR

    • FrauGeigerin says:

      Couldn’t agree more. And her programming… Jeez! Please, no more US-American contemporary music composers, and no more “one-work-by-a- woman-composer-just-because-they’re-women”. Good music regardless of nationality/sex, and less national and gender agendas.

      • Byrwec Ellison says:

        It would be more illuminating if you’d kindly identify the composers whose music she performs “just because they’re women.” Let us judge whether the composers on your list are truly unworthy of performance.

      • Derek H says:

        I agree with your last sentence in particular – I believe many people resent the artificial manipulation and the preaching nowadays.

        It is a turn off for audiences and they will stay away in increasing numbers. Certainly, I am attending fewer concerts and losing interest.

      • Jobim75 says:

        Not forgetting giving conducting lessons to pretty young females apprentice, Bernstein’s lessons have been learnt..

      • Don Ciccio says:

        Nonsense. US conductors should do American music, same way British conductors should do British music, Polish conductors should do Polish music, and German conductors should put the wurst on the barbie.

    • Hans-Dieter Glaubke says:

      I shall join you, post haste!

    • Nick2 says:

      I fail to understand why such idiotic and personal statements continue to be permitted on this site. Individual
      comments based on experience are one thing. The addition of totally unnecessary utterances is merely an indication of childishness!

  • Save the MET says:

    Is this a step up for her career? The only major international visibility is accompanying the Chopin Competition.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Nice work if you can get it, and you can get it if you try.

  • Alexander Platt says:

    Brava to Marin Alsop on this new appointment. As it happens I turned on our WFMT this morning and happened to hear from her a particularly fine reading of the Dvorak “Symphonic Variations”, a piece that really shows the range of a conductor’s talent. This is great news and well deserved.

  • Finicchio says:

    Great. More underprepared performances by less than mediocre politically correct conductor. Why do they need this???

  • Guesta says:

    Fantastic! I’m so happy for her. Well deserved. All you misogynists can suck it.