Actea Jimenez, 24, of Holland’s Het Gelders Orkest, has won the Solo Timpani position in the orchestra of Bilbao, defeating 47 contenders.
This makes Actea the third woman timpanist in leading Spanish orchestras.
How many in the UK? the US? Vienna?
OK, our readers are starting to name them:
1 Kate Eyre, English National Ballet
2 Josephine Frieze, Royal Liverpool Phil (dep)
3 Christine Turpin, Melbourne Symphony
4 Kimberly Toscano, Tucson Symphony
5 Angie Zator Nelson, Assistant Principal, Philadelphia
6 Erika Ohman, Assistant Principal, Hallé
7 Bonnie Lynn Adelson was principal timpanist for 30 years at Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Zagreb Philharmonic. She caught the eye of Carlos Kleiber ad became his confidante.
8 Joyce Aldous, timpanist with the Hallé
9 Katia Godart, Belgian national orchestra
10 Elayne Jones, ex-San Francisco Opera
11 Nancy Nelson, Houston Grand Opera
12 June Binnie of Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Finland
13 Yoko Kita, Sarasota Orchestra
14 Cynthia Yeh, Chicago Symphony
15 Heather Corbett, BBC Scottish Orchestra
16 Nancy Rowe, Bangor Symphony Orchestra (Maine)
17 Pam Dow – former Principal Percussion, RSNO.
18 Carol Stumpf – Charlotte Symphony 1982-2006
19 Rachel Gledhill, principal percussion ROH (former LPO)
… keep ’em coming