Remember the outcry when the Finnish maestro-maker said women could never make it in the podium?
‘Some of them are making faces, sweating and fussing, but it is not getting any better – only worse! They can come [to my masterclasses] and try. It’s not a problem – if they choose the right pieces. If they take more feminine music. Bruckner or Stravinsky will not do, but Debussy is OK. This is a purely biological question.’
Well, Panula has seen the light.
His recent star student, Emilia Hoving is stepping up this week to replace Pablo Heras-Casado with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Emilia, 23, has recently been made assistant to Hannu Lintu at the FRSO.
Amazingly, she hasn’t yet been signed by a certain London agency.