As part of its media blitz to deflect accusations of embedded sexism, the Vienna Philharmonic has announced that a father and daughter will, for the first time, form part of its lineup at the New Year’s Day extravaganza.
The father is principal viola player Heinrich Koll, 63, a VPO member for 24 years.
His daughter, Patricia, 26, is a violinist.
What the publicists fail to mention is that Patricia is not a member of the Vienna Phil. She is asterisked on the membership list as one of those ‘members of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra who do not yet belong to the association of the Vienna Philharmonic’.
As ever with the Vienna Phil, it’s schein über sein, all show and no real change.