The 10 most powerful women in German music

Who are the Brünnhildes of the German classical biz?

1 Anne-Sophie Mutter
Violinist to whom all pay homage

2 Andrea Zietzschmann
Berlin Phil chief

3 Monika Grütters
Hands-on federal culture minister

4 Katharina Wagner
A hereditary position

5 Cornelia Schmid
Power agent for Andris Nelsons, Murray Perahia, Yo Yo Ma

6 Joana Mallwitz
Fast-rising music director in Nürnberg

7 Olga Neuwirth
Go-to Austrian composer

8 Eleonore Buening
FAZ critic

9 Sonia Simmenauer
String quartet suprema

10 Laura Berman,
Intendant, Hannover Opera

See also: The most powerful women in US music

And…. in British music.

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  • How is Anne-Sophie Mutter powerful? What constitutes power? Who defines, determines and bequeaths power and how? I imagine it being a fleeting currency, worth as much as the wind shifts.

  • Ms Berman is not yet Intendant of the Hanover State Opera, but only from next season.
    Maybe she already pulls the necessary strings for her reign.

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