Alejandra Urrutia (Chile/Italy) 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.
During 2021, Alejandra won the "Special Prize" at the Only Stage International Competition (UK) which consists of six months of support and consulting with her international career and She also made her European debut with the Biel Solothurn Orchestra in Switzerland.
She is Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Teatro Municipal de Santiago - National Opera de Chile. She was Music Director of the Chilean Chamber Orchestra and previously, of the Provincial Symphony Orchestra of Santa Fe, Argentina. She is also the Music Director of the Portillo International Music Festival & Academy and the Concert for Brotherhood. She is the Resident Conductor of the Orchestra of the Americas.
Since 2017 she has been assistant conductor of Iván Fischer with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
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 musical 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 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.
She studied with maestros such as Robert Spano and Hugh Wolff at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, as well as in workshops 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 masters and a doctorate from the University of Michigan.
Alejandra Urrutia is a Fanjul&Ward artist.