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Speed Interview – Marin Alsop

Fri Aug 16 2013

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Conductor Marin Alsop joins us for BBC PROMS: Brahms- A German Requiem.  Here she tells us a bit about her heroes and the most important lesson life has taught her.

What do you fear the most?

Losing my independence as I get older.

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My family.

What – or where – is perfection?
On the podium when everyone is completely “in the zone” and creating great, inspired music together.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Horatio Alger – I still believe in the American dream.

What’s your favourite ritual?
I love Sunday mornings with pancakes, the paper and, most importantly, my son and partner.  We usually go for a hike in the Colorado mountains afterwards.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
Barack Obama – he’s all about what CAN be.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
I’d love to be a gymnast, back flips and the works!

What’s your favourite website?
The one I visit most often, to check on my calendar is www.marinalsop.com otherwise there are many others I use all the time especially Wikipedia.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Perseverance is the key to success. Work hard and maximize every opportunity!

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
Mahler Symphony 9.


  • this interview was done ages ago. Why repeat it?

    lorene m Birden Mon Aug 19 2013
  • Because we had a Prom concert with Marin and thought that many people would not have seen it the first time around, and it would therefore have been of interest to them.

    oae Mon Aug 19 2013