36-year old Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra is one of those trailblazers who has just made history by being appointed the first female conductor and music director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, one of Australia’s three largest Orchestras. In 2004 she became the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York and in 2014, she led the Orchestre de Paris. Clearly breaking barriers is standard fare for Alondra. However, her approach to this aspect of her job is to show girls that their identity should be multi-dimensional, not just dictated by gender or any single title.
“I am a woman, I am a Mexican, but that is just part of the many ingredients that make me who I am. We bring to the podium everything that one is. One can only be who one is and nothing else, it’s the experiences of your life that you share with others.”
Her latest appointment as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director officially starts in 2017. This marks a special point in the orchestra’s history, not only because they decided on a young woman but also because it is the first time they have ever appointed a music director. Aside from her musical prowess, the documentary traces the multiple facets of Alondra’s life, accompanies her on her tours as well as Brisbane, and gives insight into Alondra’s family history. The film also captures Alondra in her hometown Mexico City.