Mexican-American conductor Alondra de la Parra became interested in conducting at age 13. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music, and founded her own ensemble, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Later she was artistic director of the Jalisco Philharmonic, and in 2015 the Queensland Symphony Orchestra announced her appointment as music director – the first female conductor of an Australian symphony orchestra. Watch her conduct l'Orchestre de Paris as they perform Arturo Marquez's "Danzon No. 2."
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