Emmanuelle Haim was the only woman in the Berlin podium this season, Susanna Mälkki the only one next year. Why so few?
Intendant Andrea Zietzschmann tells VAN magazine:
I am actually in conversation with all the conductors who are already guests with major orchestras. Take Joana Mallwitz, who makes her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic this summer. I was speaking to her agent just before we spoke, we are carefully considering when the time is right. There is now a whole generation of female conductors who are just starting out and are incredibly talented, but they also want to wait a bit … including Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. I have known her for years and have had several conversations with her. Last time I asked her: ‘When are you going to make your debut with us? We want you to come.’ She said, ‘Yes, give me a little time.’ (More here.)
The point is, surely, that the Berlin Phil have been so slow off the mark in engaging women – slower even than Vienna – that the rising generation of female conductors are not rushing to take up its offers.