Marin Alsop Named Principal Guest Conductor of Philadelphia Orchestra

By Francisco Salazar

Marin Alsop has been appointed as Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra for a three-year term beginning in the 2024–25 season.

Alsop will lead the orchestra in multiple subscription concerts, special events, annual summer residencies, and national and international tours, starting with a tour of China in 2024.

In a statement, Alsop said, “Working with the incredible musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra has always been a musical highlight for me. Having the opportunity now to build on that relationship, and join the spectacular artistic team headed by visionary conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, is a dream come true. The Philadelphia Orchestra is committed to changing the future of classical music. I am proud to join this exceptional organization.”

Matías Tarnopolsky, President and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, added, “We are fervent believers in the transformative power of music to bring joy, create community and effect change – sentiments shared and exemplified by Marin Alsop throughout her career. I am delighted to see these possibilities unfold as she partners with the extraordinary musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra.”

In recent years, Alsop has conducted The Philadelphia Orchestra at several major events including the second annual Pride Concert, a celebratory evening of works by LGBTQ+ composers and allies.

This season the legendary conductor makes her debut at the Metropolitan Opera and also conducts the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony, the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.