Where are all the women conductors?

As the expressive heart of the orchestra, it is the conductor who quite literally takes center stage at every orchestral performance. The conductor shapes the music, making important musical decisions on dynamic, tempo and balance. Not only are they great leaders, the best conductors are also able to interpret the same musical work performed countless times before in new and enlightening ways. The role of the conductor is integral to classical music; however, a 2014 survey found that in a list of the 150 top conductors in the world, only five were women. So why is a female presence on the conductor’s podium still rare, even in the 21st century?

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla | Courtesy Rebecca Driver Media Relations LLP

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