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Alondra de la Parra

(Born October 31, 1980)

Alondra de la Parra is a Mexican conductor. She studied composition at the Centre of Research and Musical Studies in Mexico City, studied piano and conducting at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She obtained a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under the direction of Jeffrey Cohen and studied conducting with Michael Charry and Kenneth Kiesler, receiving an MA in Conducting in 2008. She served as an apprentice conductor with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra.
De la Parra was artistic director of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco from 2012 to 2013. In May 2015, de la Parra made her first guest-conducting appearance with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO). In October 2015, the QSO announced the appointment of de la Parra as its first-ever music director and first-ever female conductor in its principal conducting post, effective in 2017. Her appointment is for 3 years, where she will work for 14 weeks each year. She is currently a UNICEF ambassador.

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