SÃO PAULO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (OSESP)
Since its first concert in 1954, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (Osesp) has developed into an institution recognized for its excellence.
Having released more than 60 recordings, the orchestra has become an inseparable part of São Paulo and Brazilian culture, promoting deep cultural and social transformation. Besides touring through Latin America, the United States, Europe and Brazil, since 2008 the group has toured widely throughout the São Paulo countryside, promoting concerts, workshops, and courses in music appreciation for over 250,000 people.
In 2012 the American Marin Alsop took the post of Principal Conductor, with Brazilian Celso Antunes as Associate Conductor.
In 2013 Marin Alsop was appointed as musical director of Osesp and the orchestra took part in its fourth European tour, performing for the first time, and to great acclaim, at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, at the Berliner Philharmonie, home of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, one of the leading arts centres in London.
In 2014, commemorating its 60th anniversary year, it performed the Latin-American première of a co-commissioned Saxophone Concerto by John Adams.