Vienna Philharmonic appoints first-ever woman concertmaster

Posted on: March 22, 2010

A Canadian Associated Press report published Saturday (3/20) on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation website states, “The Vienna Philharmonic, one of the oldest and most venerated orchestras in the world, has permanently appointed its first woman concertmaster. Albena Danailova has been acting concertmaster since September 2008, making her the first woman ever in that position with the orchestra. The Bulgarian-born musician had been promoted from first violin—she was also the first woman ever to hold that job.” The orchestra announced Danailova’s permanent appointment Saturday. “Established in 1842, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was an all-male ensemble until the 1980s when women started joining its ranks. However, women weren’t allowed to become full members until 1997—which means being accepted into the association of the Vienna Philharmonic, an organization that confers certain privileges and prestige.”

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Posted March 22, 2010