“Tár”: Who is the conductor who inspired the biopic starring Cate Blanchett?
Marin Alsop inspired the biopic Tár, which opened in theaters on January 25 and earned Cate Blanchett a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama. In 2007, the American became the first woman to conduct a major symphony orchestra in the United States.
With the Australian Simone Young, the Finnish Susanna Mälkki, the Canadian Barbara Hannigan, the Lithuanian Mirga Grazinytė-Tyla, the Mexican Alondra de la Parra or the French Claire Gibault, Laurence Equilbey, Emmanuelle Haïm, Nathalie Stutzmann and Zahia Ziouani, the American Marin Alsop belongs to the very closed group of female conductors who conduct the world’s largest ensembles with their batons.
Marin Alsop here in London in 2015 (© JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)
However, while acknowledging that Cate Blanchett is an “impressive and accomplished” actress and signs a masterful performance in “Tár” in cinemas on January 25, Marin Alsop was very strict about the scenario of this biopic signed by Todd Field that is largely inspired by his life. “My concern is that this is, once again, a misogynist portrayal of a woman in power,” she told AFP, adding that the fact that the heroine Lydia Tár (who is a lesbian like her) is either bullying or hysterical makes “this Millennial stereotypes that men have about women have been reinforced.
Leonard Bernstein, his idol who became his mentor
An ambitious woman of strong character, Marin Alsop was born on October 16, 1956 in Manhattan. Her mother, a cellist, and her father, a first violinist, both played in the company of the New York City Ballet, introduced her to the piano at an early age. His parents hoped to quickly form a trio with their offspring. But the little girl eventually preferred the violin and at the age of 7 joined the Juilliard School, a prestigious institution from which she graduated but was criticized for stepping out of its ranks and “the orchestra from below.” wanted to lead the second violins”.
A vocation she nevertheless chose after seeing a concert conducted by the great Leonard Bernstein (“West Side Story”), who would become her master, as well as Gustav Meier and Seiji Ozawa. In 2003, the artist who now conducts the Wiener Symphoniker was named Artist of the Year by Gramophone magazine, two years before he was awarded the MacArthur Prize.
Who was also the first female musical director of a major orchestra in the United States, that of Baltimore, also formed the group String Fever, which brought string players together to play swing, in the 1980s and formed the Concordia . Orchestra covering both jazz and classical scores.
As a world-renowned conductor, Marin Alsop is also an artist committed to helping the most disadvantaged. In particular, she worked on the development of the “Orchkids” program, which aims to make classical music more accessible to underprivileged children in Baltimore by providing them with artistic encounters and access to free music education.