Just in: Vienna Philharmonic picks two more women

Just in: Vienna Philharmonic picks two more women


norman lebrecht

April 09, 2018

At today’s audition for second violins, both vacancies were filled.

Out of 21 candidates, Julia Gyenge and Liya Yakupova were selected.

Julia, a Hungarian, plays in the State Opera Orchestra.

Liya, a Russian, plays first violin with WDR in Cologne.


The first audition was held behind a screen, the next two rounds in front of the whole orchestra.

Over the past two years, most vacancies in the Vienna Phil have been filled by women. There is a three-year probation period for confirmed membership.



  • Andreas B. says:


    again, confusion regarding the Bühnenorchester:
    Julia has been member of the stage (!) orchestra of the state opera until now.

  • Sue says:

    Congratulations to both of them!! Hope to see both of them next year in Vienna.

  • william osborne says:

    It would be interesting to compare the rate at which the Vienna Phil is hiring women compared to the Berlin Phil…

    • Saxon Broken says:

      I think the important thing is that women are given a fair chance to win an audition at both orchestras, and that they are made welcome should they win the audition.

      • william osborne says:

        Yes, that is important. And it would hopefully be reflected by the ratio of women in the orchestra.

  • Gusztav Fenyo says:

    It is not important whether it is women or men in the orchestra: but that women are given the CHANCE to show they are as good (or better) than some men….then it is natural they should be there!