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The National Concert Hall and Grant Thornton are delighted to confirm that the world's most acclaimed female conductor Marin Alsop will participate in the award-winning Female Conductor Programme on Thursday, 14th of January. 

Based in Vienna, Marin Alsop will bring her expertise and insights to an extensive Q&A zoom session with Irish participants of the Female Conductor Programme, covering topics as diverse as leadership, conducting technique, interpretation, practice, and the power of music to effect social change.  

Now in its second year, the Female Conductor Programme was devised to address inequality on the podium, one of the most enduring glass ceilings for women in the world of classical music.

Consistently named amongst the top conductors in the world, Marin Alsop is currently Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the first woman to hold either position. The first and only conductor to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Alsop has also been honoured with the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award and made history as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. Recognised with multiple Gramophone Awards, Alsop’s extensive discography includes recordings for Decca, Harmonia Mundi and Sony Classical. Last year she spearheaded the Global Ode to Joy, a crowd-sourced video project to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, with Germany’s official Beethoven anniversary campaign and leading arts organisations worldwide.  

Speaking about Marin’s involvement, Grant Thornton Partner, Paul Jacobs said:

‘We at Grant Thornton are delighted with Marin Alsop’s participation in this year’s Female Conductor Programme. It proves the importance of this programme on an International scale. The pandemic has only made us at Grant Thornton more passionate and determined that this programme will be a great success for the participants, and Marin’s involvement brings us a big step closer to that success. I hope the participants enjoy what will truly be an insightful and unique session.’ 

Designed to coach, mentor, encourage and promote talented female conductors who are at the outset of their careers, the Female Conductor Programme is led by acclaimed British conductor and Artistic Director Alice Farnham together with David Brophy (leading Irish conductor) and features contributions from Irish and international prominent conductors such as Eimear Noone (LA based Irish conductor of Video Games Live). Ms. Alsop’s input will be invaluable to this year's participants.

The Female Conductor Programme won best large sponsorship category at the Business to Arts Award 2019. The programme is made possible with the generous support of Grant Thornton.