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Alsop,Marin

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Alsop, Marin, American conductor; b. N.Y., Oct. 16, 1956. She pursued music training at the Juilliard School in N.Y. (B.M., 1977; M.M., 1978). During the summers of 1988 and 1989, she held the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she was a student of Bernstein, Ozawa, and Gustav Meier. In 1989 she became the first woman to receive the Koussevitzky conducting prize there, and that same year she was a prizewinner in the Stokowski conducting competition in N.Y. In 1984 she became founder-artistic director of her own N.Y.-based orch., Concordia, with which she presented a varied repertoire of not only standard and contemporary works, but also jazz. She was also active as a jazz violinist, and was founder-director of her own swing band, String Fever. She served as music director of the Eugene (Oreg.) Sym. Orch. (1989–96), the Long Island Phil. (1990–96), the Cabrillo Music Festival (from 1992), and the Ore. Festival of American Music (from 1992), as well as principal conductor of the Colo. Sym. Orch. in Denver (from 1993). She also held the first Creative Conductor’s Chair with the St. Louis Sym. Orch. from 1996, and was principal guest conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orch. in Glasgow and of the City of London Sinfonietta from 1999.

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