For generations the position of conductor at all of the major orchestras across the world have been dominated by men. Slowly but surely that has been changing, there are more and more women who are achieving success in this field and it is time they have gotten the recognition they deserve for their accomplishments. Let us take a look at some of the best female conductors in the world.
You can’t have a list of female conductors without including Marin Alsop. She made music history when she became the first ever woman in history as she became the conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra back in 2007. That was just the start of her accomplishments she is also the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms in 2013. Currently Marin Alsop serves as the Musical Director for the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She also helps with the Women’s Conducting Institute. Here is a look at Marin Alsop.
Sian Edwards has served as the Music Director of the English National Opera and has won outstanding international recognition. Back in 1998 Edwards became the first female to conduct The Knot Garden at the Royal Opera House in London. Sian Edwards is dedicated as an educator and teaches at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she delivers masterclasses for the Dirigentenforum in Germany along with St Andrews University in Scotland.
The Finnish conductor was the first woman to achieve the post of Musical Director for the French music group Ensemble InterContemporain back in 2006. She followed that achievement up in 2009 with her debut at the Berlin Philharmonic. Not to be held back Malkki was also recently appointed the Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. She is highly regarded as an interpreter of contemporary music and will continue to blaze trails.
Simone Young first blazed on to the scene back in 1996 when she was awarded the title “Conductor of the Year” for the opera season in Hamburg. Hailing from Australia, Young has focused her career around opera and is Music Director of Opera Australia. She has received much international acclaim for her skill conducting Wagner and was the first woman to ever record the complete Ring Cycle. Her accolades include the Goethe Medal, the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Aware, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettre along with being a member of the Order of Australia. Currently Simone Young serves as the Artistic and Music Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra.