Analysis Exhibits Ladies Maintain Roughly 7.9% of Music Directorships Worldwide

(Photograph courtesy of La Maestra Competitors)


The Paris-based La Maestra Competitors, the conducting competitors that includes completely girls, has launched the outcomes of a latest survey — which examines the proportions of girls worldwide who maintain the place of Music Director with an expert orchestra.

Of the 778 orchestras surveyed, 62 had a lady on the helm. Whereas this 7.9% stake could appear low, it does symbolize an enchancment when put next with the outcomes of earlier surveys: in 2019 the determine was simply 5.9%, and even that was a rise from 4.3% in 2018.

The research additionally examined how properly feminine conductors are faring in numerous international locations. Belgium got here out on high on this regard, with three out of eight “internationally famend” Belgian orchestras being led by girls. The conductors are Elim Chan of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Kristiina Poska on the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, and Speranza Scappucci of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège (although Scappucci has not too long ago declined to resume her contract there).

Norway, the Netherlands, and Austria additionally fared properly, and France entered the highest 10 record for the primary time, climbing forward of Sweden, Finland, and Switzerland. The research famous that america had made three main appointments for feminine conductors and that this improvement “bodes properly for the long run”. Nevertheless, the information was not all good, with Germany and Russia — among the most distinguished musical nations — as soon as once more failing to interrupt into the highest 10.

La Maestra Competitors is presently underway, having simply introduced its 14 candidates.


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