Women breaking gender barriers in classical music
Women are breaking gender boundaries even in classical music. A few weeks ago, the music critic Opusalb conducted an interview with Albanian conductor Deniola Kuraja, who is continuing to enrich her musical biography day by day.
A new search conducted by the Bachtrack classical music site shows that 8 of the world’s top 100 conductors and 24 of the 100 contemporary conductors are female. This number for composers has doubled compared to 2017. A new look at classical music for 2019, published in “Classic Fm” is showing more progress for women composers and conductors. Today there are more women than ever before. conductors today make up 8 percent of the world’s masters of conducting. Figures coming from the Bachtrack classical music website. in 2013 there was only one woman on the list, American conductor Marin Alsop, while last year the number increased to 8. The number is also increasing for female composers where 24 of the top 100 contemporary composers are female. That number has more than doubled compared to 2017. In 2019 British songwriter Cecilia McDowall, best known for choral works May We Singen and O Oriens, was the most staged songwriter followed by Judith Weir, Anna Meredith and Jennifer Higdon.