After 210 years, the Gewandhaus Quartet has its first female member

The Gewandhaus Quartet has appointed Associate Concertmaster Yun-Jin Cho as its second violinist.

She is the first female member since its foundation in 1808.

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  • …. and all that time they were longing for female companionship, but had to wait until the taboo on females had been broken long enough.

  • In 1991, women represented only 7% of the personnel in the Gewandhaus Orchestra. By 2009 it was 27.5%. This was an increase of about 1% per year which seems to be a rate found in many orchestras — an interestingly uniform international pattern.

  • I played quartett with YunJin when we were students at the Conservatory in Berlin. She was outstanding, sightreading through Haydn in a breeze. I am not surprised at this news and see her taking on the first chair in the future.

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