The new format of the Taki Concordia conducting Fellowship website includes a mini blog for the Taki Concordia Fellow. This is going to be the space for the Fellow update her activities and I am really pleased get it started.
For this first post let me talk a little bit about the first season like a Taki Fellow:
It is difficult to describe the feeling to see your name announced like a Taki Concordia Fellow. I was thrilled to be selected and this feeling and energy still with me since then.
One year ago I did not have a clue what was going to happen and how my life will change completely.
This Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity and definitely the experience that all of young female conductors are looking for. It is a privilege to work with Marin Alsop. To shadow her both in Baltimore and São Paulo is has already benefited me immensely. It is inspiring to watch her conducting, her passion for music is contagious, her dialog with the audience and her idea of the conductor’s duties in the 21st century society is remarkable. I am not only improving my musical abilities, but also I am gaining a full understanding of the additional skills that are required of music directors of the modern orchestras.
Another priceless advantage of this fellowship is the chance I have to invest in myself and learn, learn, learn…. I am having support from a fantastic group of different professionals that are helping with everything. They are guiding all my steps, and giving me advice every time I need. It is a solid, dynamic and beautiful organization.
This first year was full of great activities: I had beautiful event with the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce that was the best welcome I could have. I covered for important orchestras around the country like Baltimore, Nashville and Colorado, I went to the great Aspen Music Festival, I have met great artists such as Robert Spano, Jonathan Biss, Giancarlo Guerrero, Gil Shahan, Renee Fleming, I was invited to guest conduct big orchestras like Atlanta and Hartford, all of this dreams coming truth only in the first season, I still have one more!
Before the second season of the Taki Concordia started, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra appointed me like the BSO-Peabody Fellow as well.
This fellowship provides a year studying at the Peabody Institute besides activities like assisting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, working with the BSO Youth Orchestra and the Peabody Orchestras.
Now… what is going on?
Last week I started the rehearsals with a brilliant group of young musicians from the Peabody Institute, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra – PSO. We are going to perform a new piece by the young composer Joshua Bornfield and it is sounding amazing with them, they are really enthusiastic and full energy – It is breathless — I am really excited!
The performance is going to be next Saturday, October 20, 8 PM, at M.A Friedberg Concert Hall.
You are all invited!
See you then…