After a global search, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra has announced acclaimed conductor Alondra de la Parra as its Music Director.

The appointment is a major turning point for the QSO as the first orchestra in the country to appoint a Music Director, something done by the great orchestras on the world stage, but never seen before in Australia.

Alondra will start with the company in 2016, opening QSO’s concert season with Mahler’s Symphony No.2 on 27 February.

QSO Chief Executive Officer Sophie Galaise says the company was thrilled to secure Alondra as Music Director, who is revered as one of the most compelling conductors of her generation.

“Alondra de la Parra is set to have a profound influence on the future of the QSO musically and culturally, as she takes on the combined roles of Chief Conductor, Artistic Director and Community Arts Leader,” she says.

Alondra de la Parra has led more than 70 orchestras around the globe including some of the most prestigious orchestras of France, Germany, UK, USA, Japan, Brazil, Sweden and Russia including the Orchestre de Paris, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, RSB Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Milan’s Cameristi della Scala.

Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts, Annastacia Palaszczuk says Alondra’s appointment was a great achievement for the QSO.

“The QSO has shown true leadership by creating the role of Music Director – a first for an Australian orchestra,” she says.

“The QSO’s future looks even brighter, with Ms de la Parra’s vision and passion helping to build QSO’s reputation and showcase Queensland to the world.”

Alondra says it’s a great honour to be chosen for the role, and a dream come true.

“The QSO is an innovative arts company, with a great vibrancy and truly outstanding musicality. I am truly excited to take on this new role and return to Queensland – earlier in the year I had the pleasure of working closely with the QSO musicians and team, performing and creating and I know that all the ingredients are there for us to build an exciting future together and that we will do!”

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