Our man in Moscow says there are plenty of chamber orchs that are led by women, but the main symphony orchestras maintain a male closed shop.
Anyone know of exceptions?
UPDATE: Our man in Moscow is wrong. Here’s a list of woman concertmasters from reader Max Grimm:
Lyudmila Tchaikovskaya, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
Tatiana Porshneva, Russian National Orchestra
Alexandra Zhavoronkova, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Elena Reznichenko, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia
Olga Dzerzhinskaya, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
UPDATE 2: Our man in Moscow says these are all second (or deputy) concertmasters, who don’t qualify as occupants of the first seat.