Friday, September 6, 2013

Top Five Women Conductors on the Rise

Last week, the Russian maestro Vasily Petrenko landed in hot water after making disparaging remarks about women conductors.

The incoming principal conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic told the Oslo newspaper Aftenposten that orchestras react better to male conductors because men "often have less sexual energy and can focus more on the music," adding that "a sweet girl on the podium can make one's thoughts drift towards something else." He also claimed that "when women have families, it becomes difficult to be as dedicated as is demanded in the business."  More