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Two out of 60 conducting candidates are women

July 10, 2018 by norman lebrecht

10 comments.


This is the first-round list for the second Antal Dorati Conducting Competition in Budapest.

At this stage of the competition, there should not be so extreme a gender imbalance.

Here are the successful candidates:
Balatsinos Georgios
Berney GuillaumeBłażej Kozłowski Vincent
Bolkhovets Sergej
Buribayev Yelmar
Caceres Penuela Edwin
Carvalho Luís
Castrignanò Eliseo
Cheng Henry
Cheung Gary
Colafelice Nicola
Czubaszek Michal
Dantscher Emanuel Jonas
Ellis Nicolas
Elmer Mathias
Erdélyi Dániel
Fukushima Shuhei
Garschi Hamed
Gay Moses Enhui
Grobman Benjamin
Hajjar Marc
Hasegawa Yuki
Hou Fan Ka
Hou Jerry
Hughes Devin Patrick
Humala Alexander
Ip Wing Wun
Jeong Woltae
Juraszek Michal
Karimov Azim
Károlyi Sándor
Kawakami Ryusuke
Kornel Thomas
Kouritas Yorgos
Lajara Angel Antonio
Lam Lik Hin
Lee Baha
Lee Shinae
Lee Sora Elisabeth
Levon Edmon
Li Haoran
Lien Boon Hua
Lopez-Ferrer Francois
Marc Schaefer
Mejias Civera Jose Carlos
Nagiev Eldar
Paluchowski Filip
Park Seung You
Pellicano Julian
Poll Edward
Proust Simon
Sasaki Shimpei
Shankar Harish
Tanaka Yuki
Tian Hui Ng
Torbeev Anton
Trigueros José
Uzcategui Jorge Luis
Vizireanu Vlad
Volsky Stanislav


Comments (10)

  1. Malcolm James says:

    As opposed to the Yehudi Menuhin competition, where according to Tasmin Little 1 male finalist out of 22’meant it was wonderful that women were succeeding.

    1. Karen says:

      “where according to Tasmin Little 1 male finalist out of 22’meant it was wonderful that women were succeeding”

      Of course, when combined with this report, these results meant that all the mediocre male instrumentalists who could never make it as soloists decided to become conductors instead. Apparently there is less competition. /s

  2. RW2013 says:

    So many?!

  3. Anon says:

    “should not” presumably assumes that the gender balance of the entrants was roughly equal. Without knowing the balance of the entrants, we cannot possibly tell whether there is an over- or under- representation at this stage.

    1. Emil says:

      There is no question that there is an imbalance, and a need to inquire why. The imbalance could be due to:
      – More men applied; then the question is why did more men apply? Are there more young male conductors (if so, why?)? Or was the competition more appealing to men? If so, why?
      – More men were selected. Were men better? If so, why? Was there bias? If so, why?

      So regardless of why there was this strong imbalance, it is worth investigating.

  4. Gaddi says:

    Although you don’t know how many women applied, and how many in total,
    so before saying something like that, better maybe to check percentage of men accepted against percentage of women accepted….
    I have a feeling, it won’t be as different as you may think. But you have been extremely bias lately on that issue.

  5. Byrwec Ellison says:

    Man! How can you tell from some of those names???

    1. V.Lind says:

      No kidding. I see at least three female names — Wing Wun Ip is female. And there is a Sora Elisabeth and a Nicola.

      Anyway, it’s this again. Who knows how many women entered? Women conductors are coming along fast, like radio producers (listening to credits on both BBC and CBC, I wonder if male candidates for producer jobs have a chance these days — and I think if John Cleese is right about BBC diversity policy, it’s time it was ditched. I am sick of quotas over merit).

      1. Galen Johnson says:

        Nicola Colafelice is a man.

      2. Rachael Young says:

        Oh yes you must be right only around 4% of women must be of equal ability to the successful male candidates. This explanation explains everything perfectly satisfactorily. And also it MUST be roughly relative to the number of applicants from each sex. What other explanations are needed or can exist?


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