It's been a hugely successful week for Marin Alsop, who has been awarded the 2018 Association of British Orchestras (ABO) Award and appointed the position of artistic director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (ORF) ahead of a concert at Symphony Hall in February.
Alsop was awarded the ABO Award for the her breakthroughs as a female conductor and her work with British orchestras. She has made major leaps for female conductors throughout her illustrious career as the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in 2013, the only conductor to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, and of course her new appointment as the first female artistic director of the prestigious Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In her video acceptance speech at the ABO conference, Alsop praised the fantastic work of British Ensembles and dedicated the award to the future generations.
I fell in love with British orchestras when I first conducted here in the 1990s; not only are they incredible musicians with an admirable and intense work ethic, they are always a lot of fun... Music has the power to change lives, to challenge, and to inspire and I dedicate this award to the future generation of conductors, musicians and audiencesMarin Alsop
Marin went on to say that her appointment as the first female artistic direction of ORF was a great honour, but it also highlighted how much progress was left to be made for equality in the classical music scene.
I’m very honoured to be the first, but I’m also rather shocked that we can be in this year, in this century, and there can still be ‘firsts’ for womenMarin Alsop
Whilst a day of rest and celebration may be in order, there's no stopping for a conductor in such high demand! Alsop is currently in the last stages of preparations for her tour with Nicola Benedetti and the Orchestra of the Age of Enightenment, visiting Oxford, London and Birmingham's Symphony Hall playing Beethoven's 4th Symphony and Violin Concerto.