- BSO Peabody Conducting Fellowship (2012)
Alexandra began her musical study as a pianist and vocalist, and as a teenager was invited to study composition with Cristobal Halffter, the renowned Spanish composer. Her first conducting teacher was Roberto Tibiriçá, with whom she studied for three years. She has participated in master classes with Kurt Masur, Fabio Mechetti, Kirk Trevor, Johannes Schlaefli, Cliff Colnot, and Daisuke Soga. Ms. Arrieche finished her undergraduate studies in conducting and composition at the University of São Paulo State, UNESP in 2006.
In 2007 she won the OSUSP conducting competition and became the Assistant Conductor of University of São Paulo Orchestra, one of Brazil’s finest. In 2008 she was invited to attend the Festival Villa-Lobos as Assistant Conductor and Music Adviser. As a result of her work, she was invited to conduct a several concerts with the orchestra, her first opportunity working with world-class artists. In 2009 Maestro Fabio Mechetti cited Alexandra as “one of the best Brazilian Conductors of the new generation.”
Ms. Arrieche has conducted with the Brazilian Youth Symphony, the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, and Londrina Symphony Orchestra, to excellent reviews.
In 2009-2010, motivated by the lack of opportunities for young Brazilian conductors to work with native orchestras, Ms. Arrieche planned and organized a series of conducting workshops in Brazil. In 2010 Ms. Arrieche was offered a full scholarship and a place in Maestro Harold Farberman’s master conducting class at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.
In 2011 while at Bard, she accepted invitations to guest conduct the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh New Music Festival with Alia Musica. Alexandra graduated from Bard in July 2012 with a master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting.
In August 2012, Alexandra Arrieche became the fourth recipient of the BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellowship. This one-year program is designed to support the musical and leadership development of today’s young conductors. As part of this Fellowship, Alexandra will participate in a one-year artist diploma program, receiving a full tuition scholarship to the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University while receiving personal instruction from BSO Music Director Marin Alsop, who actively shapes the program.