The Baltimore music director has been made an Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, University of Cambridge, to acknowledge the exceptional contribution she has made to music.
At Newnham, an all-women’s college, she took questions from students.
Here’s one answer: ‘I would rather be respected than liked or feared. Some orchestras want you to demonstrate your expertise, others want you to show humility. There is a lot of psychology involved – a conductor can alienate an orchestra in five minutes but you can’t win them over in five minutes. Chemistry is important but ultimately orchestras are looking for someone who can lead them.’