Alejandra is the 2020 recipient of the Mahler Award given by the Mahler Society of Mexico, which has been also granted to Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink and Gustavo Dudamel, among others.
In 2021 she has been chosen finalist of the Only Stage International Conducting Competition
(UK) and of the Lanyi Conducting Competition 2021 (Serbia) and will also make her debut
with the Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland.
Alejandra Urrutia is Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Teatro Municipal de
Santiago – National Opera of Chile. She was Music Director of the Chilean Chamber
Orchestra and, previously, the Provincial Symphony Orchestra of Santa Fe, Argentina, for
three years. She is also the Artistic and Music Director of the Portillo International Music
Festival – Academy and the Grand Concert for Brotherhood (Gran Concierto por la
Hermandad). She is Resident Conductor of the Orchestra of the Americas.
Since 2017 she has been assistant conductor to Maestro Ivan Fischer with the Budapest
Festival Orchestra and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
In January 2019 after many years working with the youth orchestra of Curanilahue and
observing the transformation that music has in the lives of young musicians, their families
and the community, Alejandra launched one of the most innovative projects in Chile: the
Portillo International Music Festival & Academy, an initiative for the instruction of young
musicians in the majestic Andes Mountains. The Academy focuses on learning the chamber
music repertoire under the guidance of international teachers, in addition to classes of
leadership, coaching and hatha-yoga for promoting a holistic development of Latin
America’s great talents.
As creator and conductor of the Grand Concert for Brotherhood, Alejandra brings together
more than 150 instrumentalists and a citizen choir of more than 200 people every year
under the motto “Music as a common territory” for this beautiful project born as a message
of unity with our immigrant brothers and sisters in Chile. In January 2020, after conducting
Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony, “Resurrection”, Alejandra received the Mahler Award
2020 given by the Mahler Society of Mexico.
Born in Concepción, Chile, she studied with famous maestros such as Robert Spano and
Hugh Wolff at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, as well as in courses with
Marin Alsop, Kenneth Kiesler, Gustav Meier, Hans Graf, Larry Radcleff and Murry Sidlin. She
has worked internationally as conductor, violinist and educator with a bachelor and
doctorate from the University of Michigan.
Alejandra Urrutia is a Fanjul & Ward artist.