MARIN ALSOP AWARDED 2005 MACARTHUR FELLOWSHIP
FIRST CONDUCTOR EVER TO RECEIVE ILLUSTRIOUS “GENIUS AWARD”
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced that
accomplished conductor and Naxos artist Marin Alsop will receive a
2005 MacArthur Fellowship, a five-year unrestricted fellowship totaling
$500,000 ($100,000/year) awarded to individuals across all ages and fields
who, according to the MacArthur Foundation, “show exceptional merit
and promise of continued and enhanced creative work.”
On its web site (www.macarthur.org),
The MacArthur Fellowship described Alsop as “among the most accomplished
conductors working today . . . Through her musicality, her skill in
making the unusual understandable, and her championing of contemporary
music, Alsop defies stereotypes and offers a new model of leadership
for orchestras in the U.S. and abroad.”
When asked for a comment on news of the Fellowship, known as a “genius
award,” Alsop said, “I am deeply honored and grateful for
the recognition and encouragement from the MacArthur Foundation.
I hope to use the award to stimulate many projects that have interested
me for a long time, such as expanding the Taki Concordia Fellowship, finding
ways to encourage the orchestras I work with to innovate and experiment,
and encouraging the performance of new works. I will need time to strategize
and enjoy thinking through how I can use these funds to make a real difference.”
For further information about the MacArthur Fellows Program, including
a list of the 2005 recipients, please visit www.macarthur.org.
On October 11th, Naxos will release a new recording of Brahms’
Symphony No. 2 and Hungarian Dances, the second installment in its Brahms
symphonies cycle featuring Marin Alsop and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The
first CD in the cycle, a recording of Symphony No. 1, the “Tragic”
Overture, and the “Academic Festival” Overture (8557428),
was released in February 2005 to significant critical acclaim.
The Brahms cycle is only the latest in a string of critically acclaimed
projects involving Alsop and Naxos, including a recent recording of
Kurt Weill’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 with the Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra (8557481). Alsop has also narrated the Naxos AudioBook
The Story of Classical Music, which was nominated for a Best
Spoken Word Album for Children GRAMMY Award, and the new Famous
Composers, out in Fall 2005.
For further information about Marin Alsop, visit www.marinalsop.com.