Born in New York City in 1980, Alondra de la Parra moved to Mexico with her parents at age two. She began playing the piano at age seven and the cello at 13, and it was that year that she decided she wanted to be a conductor. At 15, she went to boarding school in England to study music and achieved her A-levels there. After returning to Mexico, she studied composition at Centro De Investigacien y Estudios Musicales (Center of Music Studies, CIEM) in Mexico City before moving to New York City at age 20, and attending the Manhattan School of Music where she studied piano with Jeffrey Cohen and conducting with Kenneth Kiesler.
As Symphony magazine put it, "De la Parra doesn't seem to put much stock in the glass ceiling.'" She holds the distinction of being the first woman from Mexico to conduct in New York City. For the past two years, she has received the League of American Orchestras Women Conductors' Grant, and she holds the title of Cultural Ambassador for Mexican Tourism. Over just the past five years, she has been featured in Crain's New York Business as one of their "40 under 40 New York's Rising Stars," singled out in The Daily Beast as one of the "Young Rock stars of the Conducting World," graced the cover of Caras magazine, been the subject of a major feature in The New York Times, recognized by Poder magazine as one of their "Top 20 under 40," and named as one of six "Young Artists on the Rise"
in Symphony magazine.
Frequently in demand as a guest conductor, Alondra de la Parra has led the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Phoenix, Columbus, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Miami's New World Symphony, Canada's Edmonton Symphony, Germany's Kammerakademie Potsdam and Moritzburg Festival Orchestra, Denmark's Tivoli Symphony, the Russian National Orchestra, Brazil's Sao Paulo Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfýnica del Estado de Mexico, Mexico's Orquesta Sinfýnica de Xalapa and Orquesta Sinfýnica Nacional, Venezuela's Simýn Bolivar Youth Orchestra, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfýnica de Aguascalientes, Uruguay's Montevideo Philharmonic, the Singapore Sun Festival Orchestra where she collaborated with actor Geoffrey Rush, and the Washington National Opera in a gala concert with Placido Domingo. In addition, since 2005 she has been Music Director of the Music Festival of the Americas in Stowe, Vermont.
Alondra de la Parra makes her home in New York City with her husband, and holds a B.A. in piano performance and an M.M. in conducting from the Manhattan School of Music. Alondra de la Parra is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists.
For more information, visit www.alondradelaparra.com.
Concierto del Sur for Guitar & Orch: Allegro moder
Sobre las Olas
Danzon No. 2
Suite de Caballos del Vapor
Sinfonia No. 2
Concierto para Piano
Alondra de la Parra: Audio
Sobre las Olas (1884)
Sony Classical announces Mi Alma Mexicana (My Mexican Soul), the debut recording of conductor Alondra de la Parra with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Mi Alma Mexicana is a 2-CD set celebrating Mexico's 2010 Bicentennial with 200 years of orchestral music by Mexican composers. The album features the world premiere recordings of Enrico Chapela's ýnguesu and Eugenio Toussaint's Concierto para Piano with Alex Brown as piano soloist. Mi Alma Mexicana also includes Gustavo Campa's Melodýa with violinist Daniel Andai, and Manuel M. Ponce's Conciertodel Sur for Guitar and Orchestra with guitarist Pablo Sýinz Villegas, as well as music by Ricardo Castro, Carlos Chavez, Candelario Huýzar, Federico Ibarra, Mario Lavista, Arturo Mýrquez, Josý Pablo Moncayo, Silvestre Revueltas, and Juventino Rosas. Mi Alma Mexicana was engineered by Grammy Award-winning producer Adam Abeshouse, with De la Parra as executive producer.
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At 23, conductor and Cultural Ambassador for Mexican Tourism Alondra de la Parra founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, a New York-based ensemble dedicated to showcasing musicians and composers of the Americas. Now, she returns to Mexico as the new artistic director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco, a major Mexican orchestra.
Crossover Media Projects with: Alondra de la Parra