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2021 Classical Woman of the Year: Marin Alsop

March 30, 2021

Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop
Photo: Adriane White

Naxos is pleased to relate the announcement that Marin Alsop, one of the label’s major recording artists, has been named Classical Woman of the Year by Performance Today, the popular American classical music radio programme. More than eighty artists were nominated for the award. The magazine quoted one listener’s support for the winner: “Marin has energized the entire community with her outreach to the citizens of Baltimore city and beyond.”

Marin has more than 50 albums in the Naxos catalogue and is recognised across the world for her innovative programming and for her deep commitment to education and the development of audiences of all ages. She is currently music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (since 2007), music director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (since 2012) and chief conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (since 2019). She famously made history in 2013 as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms.

The winner of the award in 2019 was JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and another leading Naxos artist.