Alondra de la Parra
October 31, 1980 - New York
© Oscar Turco
A gifted and charismatic communicator, conductor Alondra de la Parra has been generating attention and rapture on the international stage for several decades. Her compelling musical insight and passion have made her a coveted artist throughout the world.
She has conducted the world's most renowned orchestras, including the Orchestre de Paris, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
In April 2022, she was appointed principal guest conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, a position that marks a new chapter for the artist. The new position will see her leading the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano twice a season for the next two years.
In the summer of 2022, Alondra de la Parra curated the first edition of her newly founded festival PAAX GNP. In Mexico, the conductor welcomed famous musicians from all over the world, such as Julian Prégardien, Guy Braunstein, Nemanja Radulovic, Pacho Flores and Aleksey Igudesman, with whom she shared the stage in numerous concerts. Equally acclaimed by the press and the public, Mexico's official cultural ambassador has once again set new standards in her home country.
One focus of the festival was her project "The Silence of Sound". The multidisciplinary performance including a philharmonic orchestra, a clown actress and an elaborate video installation appeals to audiences of all ages. Together with her team, Alondra de la Parra has created a stage work that cannot be classified in the category of opera, symphony concert or musical, but represents a new form of musical experience. The project will be presented for the first time on tour in Mexico and Spain in the 2022-2023 season.
Last season Alondra de la Parra conducted the acclaimed world premiere of Joby Talbot's ballet “Like Water for Chocolate” for the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House London (Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon). She will now bring this production to California and the Metropolitan Opera together with the American Ballet Theater.
Another highlight of the 2022-2023 season is her Brahms cycle with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. Alondra de la Parra presents all Brahms symphonies embedded in an exciting concert program on four evenings.
Alondra de la Parra will return to the US for a concert period as part of the Nappa Valley Festival.
Engagements with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Orquesta Nacional de España, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai Torino and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia round off her season.
In 2017, Alondra de la Parra became the first ever Music Director of an Australian orchestra when she took up the position with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, a position she held until 2019.
As a pioneer in the field of digital formats, Alondra de la Parra regularly appears in the music format "Musica Maestra". Since July 2017, the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has been broadcasting a specially created series of web videos and television programs in which the conductor appears as the protagonist and reporter. In the past three seasons she has interviewed guests such as John Malkovich, Jan Lisiecki, Gautier Capuçon, Zenaida Yanowsky and filmed in the most important international cultural venues.
Highlights of previous seasons include Carlos Padrissa’s highly acclaimed staged production of Mozart Thamos, King in Egypt with Camerata Salzburg and the theatre collective La Fura dels Baus at the 2019 Salzburg Mozartwoche (repeated at the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence), concerts with Orchestre de Paris (broadcast live on ARTE), Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Bamberger Symphoniker, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Verbier Festival Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and a live orchestral performance of the film West Side Story to a capacity 10,000 audience at Mexico’s Auditorio Nacional.
Whilst studying piano and conducting at the Manhattan School of Music, Alondra founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA) in 2004, aged 23. Her intention was to create an orchestra which serves as a platform to showcase young performers and composers from the Americas, placing music from the Americas amongst standard orchestral repertoire. Their first recording, Mi Alma Mexicana (My Mexican Soul) was released by Sony Classical to celebrate Mexico’s Bicentennial Anniversary. It reached the top 10 of the US Billboard Classical Charts and was the first ever classical recording in Mexico to achieve platinum sales, which it did within only 2 months.