Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
For over a century, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has been recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras and one of Maryland’s most significant cultural institutions. Under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop, the Orchestra is internationally recognized and locally admired for its innovation, performances and recordings, and educational outreach initiatives including OrchKids. Launched by Marin Alsop and the BSO in 2008, OrchKids provides children educational resources and fosters social change through the power of music in some of Baltimore’s most underserved communities.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs annually for more than 350,000 people throughout the State of Maryland. Since 1982, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has performed at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. In 2005, with the opening of The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD, the BSO became the nation’s first orchestra with year-round venues in two metropolitan areas.
Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Marin Alsop’s tenure has been extended twice and currently runs until 2021. Among the initiatives she has created there are ‘OrchKids’, which brings the BSO’s musicians into schools in socially deprived areas of the city, the BSO Academy and the ‘Rusty Musicians’ for adult amateur musicians.
Alsop has also been Principal Conductor & Music Director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra since 2012, where she champions a diversified concert programme as well as outreach activities. She has taken them on several international tours, including appearances at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals and in Berlin, Paris, Salzburg and Vienna to great acclaim. She will become Conductor of Honour at the end of her tenure in 2019.
Marin Alsop conducts international orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra (with whom she has recorded a complete cycle of the Brahms Symphonies), Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala and Orchestre National de France. In the US she regularly leads the orchestras of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Chicago. Marin Alsop has been announced as the next Chief Conductor at the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra from September 2019.