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Female Orchestral Conductors and the “glass ceiling” (or should that be cast iron ceiling?)

Last week I received my annual free 7-day access ticket for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestral concerts for the 2015/16 season that are broadcast live on the internet. Along with this came a very nice brochure showing the full programmes for … Continue reading

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Female musicians and Americas top orchestras………..

Some recent research looked at gender representation in America’s top 20 orchestras, represented by 1,833 individual musicians. An overview of gender representation in the 20 orchestras sampled. The orchestras, on average, have 63% men and 37% women. Only one elite orchestra … Continue reading

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What is it about old men and female orchestral conductors?

‘Women conductors? It’s not getting any better, only worse’ Jorma Panula has been the most successful spotter and trainer of conductors for the past 30 years. His pupils include Esa-Pekka Salonen and at least 20 others who hold international posts. … Continue reading

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Small strides forward for women in the male dominated “classical” music field

Alan Gilbert student rises in Dallas   The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has named American conductor Karina Canellakis assistant conductor, starting in 2014. She will conduct youth concerts, select DSO on the GO appearances in suburban communities and pops concerts, and … Continue reading

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Ewa Strusińska announced as new Principal Conductor of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra

Ewa Strusińska has been appointed Principal Conductor of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra. Her first appearances will be the debut concert of the International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra, followed by an inauguration concert for the 2013/14 Szczecin Philharmonic season. She was a finalist … Continue reading

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Vasily Petrenko, what a crass, misogynistic idiot……………….

Male conductors are better for orchestras, says Vasily Petrenko Musicians distracted by ‘cute girl on a podium’, says conductor of National Youth Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Vasily Petrenko at work. He said his comments about female conductors were ‘meant … Continue reading

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So where are the all the women?

This morning I received a glossy brochure from the Berlin Philharmonic advertising concerts for the 2013 / 14 season and inviting me to subscribe to the “digital concert hall”. The philharmonic have been at the forefront of developing “on line … Continue reading

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Susanna Mälkki named Gulbenkian Orchestra principal guest conductor

Three-year contract with the Lisbon-based orchestra begins in July 2013 Susanna Mälkki has been appointed the Gulbenkian Orchestra’s new principal guest conductor (photo: Simon Fowler) The Lisbon-based Gulbenkian Orchestra has appointed Susanna Mälkki as its new principal guest conductor for three years, … Continue reading

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Han-Na Chang named Trondheim Symphony principal guest conductor

The young cellist and conductor takes up her role this year   Han-Na Chang has been named the Trondheim Symphony’s principal guest conductor (photo: Sheila Rock / EMI Classics) The Trondheim Symphony Orchestra has named Han-Na Chang as its principal guest conductor … Continue reading

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