Geoff Neuman 2015

Alexandra Arrieche

Conductor & Music Director

Henderson Symphony Orchestra

Alexandra Arrieche has worked with orchestras in North America, Europe and Brazil, and has received numerous awards for her conducting, including the 2011 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Maestra Marin Alsop. As a result, Ms. Arrieche has been assisting Maestra Alsop in São Paulo and Baltimore for the past years and recently, she was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. In 2012, Ms. Arrieche was invited to attend the Aspen Music Festival and in the same year, she won the prestigious BSO – Peabody Conducting Fellowship promoted by the Baltimore Symphony in partnership with the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Arrieche’s work was so impressive that the BSO decided to extend her contract for an additional season offering her the position of Assistant Conductor. This was the first time in the history of this fellowship that the BSO extended a fellow’s contract. In 2007, she was the winner of the São Paulo State University Orchestra (OSUSP) Conducting Competition and became the assistant conductor of one of Brazil’s finest orchestras. In the following year, she attended the Festival Villa-Lobos as assistant conductor and music advisor. As a result of her work she was invited to conduct a series of concerts with the main orchestra. She was also responsible for the Family’s concerts series. Motivated by the lack of opportunities for young Brazilian conductors to work with native orchestras, Ms. Arrieche created a series of conducting workshops in Brazil in 2009-2010. While in São Paulo, Ms. Arrieche conducted local youth orchestras modeled off the Venezuelan El Sistema program. Ms. Arrieche began her musical studies as a vocalist before dedicating her career to conducting and composition. In 1997, she was invited to study with the renowned Spanish composer Cristobal Halffter in his Laboratory for Young Composers in Spain. In 2010, she was offered a full scholarship to Maestro Harold Farberman’s Master Conducting Studio at Bard College. In 2013 she completed her Arts Diploma in Orchestral Conducting with Maestro Gustav Meier at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to her studies, Ms. Arrieche was invited to conduct in master classes with Kurt Masur, Johannes Schlaefli, Cliff Colnot, Apo Hsu, Hugh Wolf, George Manahan, Robert Spano and Bernard Haitink. Ms. Arrieche has guest conducted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, São Paulo State University Orchestra, Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony. In addition to these groups, she has also worked with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Bard Conservatory Orchestra, Peabody Symphony, São Paulo Symphony and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

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