A true Musica Maestra never stops learning: During a break in their rehearsal, Alondra de la Parra takes a drum lesson from Benjamin Forster, solo timpanist of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.
Having conducted around 70 orchestras in Europe, the US, Japan and Brazil by age 36, de la Parra is an internationally known performer.
As a sought-after guest conductor and head of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia, the Mexican-American maestra Alondra de la Parra knows that music is about communication - on every level.
Star conductor Alondra de la Parra is both reporter and protagonist in DW's unique new series "Musica Maestra." She will be appearing in 26 web-videos and six television shows.
Charles Dutoit has withdrawn his services for upcoming symphonic concerts after four women accused him of assault, media say. He is the second major international conductor to face such accusations in recent weeks.
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