Alondra de la Parra, Music Director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, has been named Mexico’s Woman of the Year at a ceremony in Mexico City. Presented by the Mexican National Board of Women of the Year, the prestigious title acknowledges de la Parra’s remarkable contribution to culture, as well as her contribution to Mexico’s international standing. The title has been awarded to 50 women since 1960.

Alondra de la Parra at Mexico’s Woman of the Year ceremony. Photo supplied

“It is a true honour to receive this medal from the Secretary of State Olga Sanchez Cordero, which has been previously awarded to such remarkable women,” said de la Parra. “I am humbled and extremely grateful to know my work is recognised in my country.”

QSO Chair Chris Freeman said the entire orchestra extends its congratulations to de la Parra. “Alondra’s tenure as Music Director has opened the world to the company and shined a magnificent light on Queensland and Australia as home to world class musicians,” he said. “Alondra’s appointment as Music Director was an Australian first, and a major international coup and we are incredibly proud of her achievements.”