30 Seconds With Marin Alsop

Friday, Dec 20, 2019
Molly Turner
Juilliard Journal
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Taken from behind the orchestra and facing the conductor, Marin Alsop, as she gives a dramatic downbeat and makes an expressive face. The audience in the darkened house is visible behind Alsop.
Marin Alsop conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in 2018 at Carnegie Hall

Alsop Conducts the Juilliard Orchestra on January 25

This fall, first-year conducting master’s student Molly Turner hoped to interview one of her idols, Marin Alsop (Pre-College ’72; BM ’77, MM ’78, violin). But Alsop was starting her latest high-profile job, as chief conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and couldn't break away for a long conversation, so she agreed to a lightning round with Molly. 

How is your approach to a student orchestra different than a professional orchestra?
There’s absolutely NO difference! I probably share more about the composer and music with a student orchestra, but that’s about the only difference.

What is your favorite thing about Brahms’ Second Symphony?
The Second Symphony is a wonderful example of paying homage to the master composers of the past while pushing the envelope to the future. It has an easygoing quality about it that I adore, especially after the struggle that starts his first symphony!

Molly Turner, who received her bachelor’s in composition at Rice University, holds a Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship in Conducting and an Isidore Komanoff Scholarship; this fall she participated in the Dallas Opera’s Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors

Who first believed in you? Watch a video in which Marin Alsop talks about her early years and why studying music is seminal for young people.