When Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra needed an orchestra, she founded one – and did the administrative and artistic legwork. She was 23. Six years later, she has lifted her baton for more than 20 world premieres and has become an industry darling with her skills and sky’s-the-limit attitude.
Alondra de la Parra, founder and conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, just turned 29, and she has been one of the hottest conductors on the classical music circuit for a couple of years. When the Mexican government asked her to put on a concert several years ago, de la Parra not only put on a concert, she became manager, press agent, producer, presenter, fund raiser and conductor. It was a one-night gig that turned into her first professional orchestra and the launch of her career. De la Parra is the first Mexican woman to lead an orchestra in New York City, where she lives and where her orchestra is based.
by Alicia Anstead, Nov/Dec 2009