Marin Alsop appointed chief conductor of Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
January 29, 2018
We are delighted with the recent announcement from Naxos artist Marin Alsop that she is to take up the prestigious post of chief conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra from September 2019. Ms Alsop is currently nearing the end of her term as music director with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, a post she has held since 2013, while remaining committed to her position as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra until 2021.
Ms Alsop made her first recording for our label 20 years ago and now has scores of entries in the Naxos catalogue to her credit, with more in the pipeline. February sees the release of an 8-CD commemorative boxed set of music by her mentor Leonard Bernstein, while her recording of Prokofiev’s complete music for the ballet Romeo and Juliet is scheduled for release in March.
Ms Alsop has spearheaded recent advancements for women intent on securing a place on the podium: she was the first woman to lead a major American orchestra following her appointment to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2007, and her appearance as conductor at the BBC Last Night of the Proms in 2013 distinguished her as the first female to take charge of the celebrated event in the festival’s 118-year history. She will mark a similar pioneering achievement as the first female music director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
But gender was irrelevant as a consideration for Marin Alsop’s appointment. As Dr. Alexander Wrabetz, Director General of the ORF says: “She is an extraordinary conductor, who will further develop the RSO’s high artistic qualities. With her at the helm we’re in an excellent position for the future.”