Alondra de la Parra (born 1980) is a Mexican conductor educated at the Manhattan School of Music who is currently a UNICEF Ambassador and an official Cultural Ambassador of Mexico. She began her piano studies at 7 and started learning cello at age 13. She developed an interest in conducting around the same time.
Between 2003 and 2011, she performed for her own ensemble founded at the behest of the Mexican Consulate – the Mexican-American Orchestra, later renamed Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA). The POA has released two recordings – Mi Alma Mexicana – My Mexican Soul (2010) and Travieso Carmesí (2011). In 2015, Alondra was made music director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
An extremely disciplined young woman, she is a breath of fresh air in a field which is dominated by older men.
A bit about her:
Here are four of Alondra de la Parra’s finest pieces:
Featured: Alondra de la Parra in 2014 by User “Steven Pisano”, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons