|Founded by Marin Alsop in 2003 to promote gender diversity in music and help other women follow in her own pioneering footsteps, the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship is pleased to announce its 2022-24 Fellow along with two Associate Fellows and three other award recipients. Receiving the top prize is Anna Duczmal-Mróz, who has been principal conductor of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio – an ensemble founded by her mother, groundbreaking conductor Agnieszka Duczmal – since 2009. Besides performing with that orchestra around the world, she has collaborated with numerous other Polish orchestras including the National Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, and the Polish National Radio Symphony, and worked with soloists including Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Avi Avital, Daniel Hope, Ingolf Wunder, and Kirill Troussov.|
An unprecedented number of other award winners join Duczmal-Mróz this year. In a field of six finalists for the 2022-24 Fellow Award, all six were found to be at such a high level that it was determined they should all receive an award and be invited into the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship community. Thus, two Associate Fellows were also named: Spanish conductor Irene Delgado-Jiménez, also a prize-winning pianist who serves as Chorus Director at Chorus Delicti in Vienna and Guest Conductor at Orquestra Terres de Marca in Barcelona; and Swedish conductor Marie Rosenmir, who came to conducting through a career as a professional organist, pianist and singer and has now conducted all of Sweden’s major orchestras and the Swedish Royal Opera, among many others. The three additional award recipients for 2022-24 are Panamanian-American conductor Kalena Bovell, Assistant Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Memphis Youth Symphony; Spanish-born conductor Julia Cruz, winner of Second Prize in the Blue Danube/Béla Bartók Opera Conducting Competition whose upcoming engagements include Kolozsvári Magyar Opera, Stara Zagora State Opera and Orquestra de Cambra de Mallorca; and Polish native Anna Sułkowska-Migoń, who conducts the Ars Cameralis Choir, is Conductor-in-Residence of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, and assistant conducts the Kraków Philharmonic Boys Choir.
After 20 years of mentoring, supporting, and promoting women conductors as they advance in their professional careers, the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship is also pleased to announce its collaboration with AT&T and the expansion of its program. With their generous support, TACF will be adding the She’s Connected by AT&T – Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship Mentoring Program. Over the course of three years, the TACF will be able to mentor 30 additional women conductors, collect research and data, and create a mentoring model for the future.
As part of the AT&T collaboration, Alsop and a TACF-mentored conductor will be featured in the She’s Connected campaign shared across digital and social platforms. Launched in 2020, She’s Connected showcases the multi-hyphenate nature of women in sports and mentorship. AT&T is taking action to address the inequality many women face by supporting them in and out of their respective professional fields. In doing so, AT&T deepens its commitment to women in sports and entertainment, as well as women in business through “She’s Connected by AT&T.” Sabina Ahmed, Assistant Vice President of Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing at AT&T, elaborates: