Alondra de la Parra
Conductor and Music Director
Music Festival of the Americas
Conductor Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances, making her one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. She holds the distinction of being the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City, and is an official Cultural Ambassador for Mexican Tourism.
She has been heralded by Plácido Domingo as "an extraordinary conductor." "De la Parra's conducting style must be seen to be believed," raved the San Antonio News Express. "Her electric, precise and energetic fluidity generated arches of breathtaking, glowing expression. The driving Beethoven rhythms pulled the audience to its feet at the end. If people still wore hats, they would have been tossed toward the theater's night-sky ceiling."
Over just the past five years De la Parra has been featured on NBCs Today Show, in Crains New York Business as one of their 40 under 40 New Yorks Rising Stars, singled out in The Daily Beast as one of the Young Rockstars 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 Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Phoenix, Columbus, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Miamis New World Symphony, Canadas Edmonton Symphony, Germanys Kammerakademie Potsdam and Moritzburg Festival Orchestra, Denmarks Tivoli Symphony, the Russian National Orchestra, Brazils Sao Paulo Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, Mexicos Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Venezuelas Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes, Uruguays Montevideo Philharmonic, the Singapore Sun Festival Orchestra where she collaborated with actor Geoffrey Rush, and the Washington National Opera in a gala concert with Plácido Domingo. In addition, since 2005 she has been Music Director of the Music Festival of the Americas in Stowe, Vermont.