It’s men only in the ARD clarinet final, too

Three men will contest the clarinet final tonight:

Carlos Alexandre Brito Ferreira, of Portugal;

Joë Christophe (pictured), France;


Han Kim, South Korea.

This is the jury who chose them:
Charles Neidich (Chairman)
Philippe Berrod
Shirley Brill
Michael Collins
Eric Hoeprich
Nina Janssen-Deinzer
Kari Kriikku

The cello final is also all-male.

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  • If it was all-female, some people here would be screaming that it was rigged for something like “gender revenge over centuries of male domination.” But it’s all-male, all THREE of them, so it must be chauvinism. Given the sample size, how about the likelihood of it meaning absolutely nothing?

    I need to go back to bed.

  • So? It doesn’t matter of gender. It’s the final of best players – not the best female or male players.
    I don’t like the news kind of “the finalist are all men” and so on.
    This is music competition and only the musical skill’s are important. Music and skills first – not the gender

  • I believe Philippe Berrod was (or is) the teacher of the French clarinetist. He’s a wonderful musician and teacher and I don’t doubt he’ll be impartial but still worth mentioning.

  • It’s indecent for females to play the clarinet and the cello, one is phallic, the other, well, if women could play the cello “side saddle”, that’d be fine.

  • Let’s do the American way: non-winners get participation medals, so no one’s feelings are hurt. “Oh Jennifer, you did great!!! Good try. Keep up your dream!”

  • It’s all obviously a vast right wing conspiracy.

    For the love of God, can we grow out of this? If the best entrants were women they would be among the finalists. I know a number of women cellists and clarinetists having thriving careers, so at least over here (Canada) it is not an issue. And I suspect in the UK, and in Europe, there are also plenty. God knows, there are enough women conductors.

    Just listen to the playing, verdampt.

  • I am very disappointed that you haven’t told us what any of them were wearing. We have to know how much leg each of them showed.
    Please, please stick to the important issues.

  • This preocupation with gender is quite ironic, coming from a blog that has described the allegation against Placido Domingo as “a take down” by the Associated Press.

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