Surveying male U.K. conductors on women composers who deserve wider recognition

Posted on: March 10, 2020

“Last year, Women in Music’s survey of major classical concerts confirmed that … only 2.3% of works programmed in the 2018-19 season by 15 of the world’s major orchestras were written by women,” writes Imogen Tilden in Sunday’s (3/8) Guardian (London). “So, on International Women’s Day, we asked 10 of the UK’s leading male conductors to nominate a female composer whose music deserves wider recognition.” The conductors and their composer choices: Edward Gardner, principal conductor designate of the London Philharmonic Orchestra: Germaine Tailleferre, 1892-1983; Simon Rattle, music director of the London Symphony Orchestra: Betsy Jolas, b. 1926; Kirill Karabits, chief conductor of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, b. 1947; Nicholas Collon, founder and principal conductor of Aurora Orchestra: Grazyna Bacewicz, 1909-1969; Omer Meir Wellber, chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic: Ella Milch-Sheriff, b. 1954; Lars Vogt, music director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia: Louise Farrenc, 1804-1875; Robert Hollingworth, director of I Fagiolini: Shruthi Rajasekar, b. 1996; Vasily Petrenko, chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic: Galina Ustvolskaya, 1919-2006; Sakari Oramo, chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra: Dora Pejacevic, 1885-1923; and Santtu-Matias Rouvali, principal conductor designate of the Philharmonia Orchestra: Kaija Saariaho, b. 1952.