Exclusive: Vienna demotes woman concertmastermain
We hear that the Wiener Symphoniker has refused tenure to the German violinist Sophie Heinrich, who has been its first concertmaster for the past 18 months.
There are strong indications of sexism in the decision since there were never any complaints about the quality of her playing.
Ms Heinrich is a single mother, bringing up her son on an orchestral salary.
In a humiliating gesture, the orchestra offered her the post of third concertmaster, which she has been forced to accept.
Some things never change. Wien bleibt Wien.
photo © Markus Morian
Vienna is locked down by the pandemic. They chose a really good time to make this decision.