Why conductors need hairdressers

Why conductors need hairdressers


norman lebrecht

November 01, 2020

Is (more or less) the title of Eleonore Büning’s new book, based on her long-running music advice column in the FAZ.

We wonder who she had in mind.



  • MSC says:

    V. Jurowski must be high in the hair rankings.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Actual title, for those interested in accuracy:
    “Why does the conductor go to the hairdresser’s so often?”
    (Google translation from the German book title)
    And every year, Simon Rattle looks more and more like my ancient great auntie. Stokowski looked better at age 95.
    (Stokowski, by the way, paid great attention to and exercised strict control over the release of photographs taken of him.)
    I guess Rattle thinks every photo of him must look good because he is, after all, Rattle. Nope.

  • Garech de Brun says:

    Her book is not written in English and so can be ignored.

  • mikhado says:

    I remember when I was studying in Philadelphia when Muti came to the orchestra and his hair was written about more than a few times. Having seen it up close it was rather impressive.

  • George says:

    The book is about questions she was asked from the audience and to which she replied in her column.
    The literal translation is: “Why do conductors spend so much time at the hairdresser?”

  • John Borstlap says:

    The best conductors are bald conductors.

  • IP says:

    I know one who also needs a barber and a bath. Rather urgently.

  • RW2013 says:

    The Büning itself needs so much of a makeover it would be impossible to know where to start.

  • microview says:

    Have a look at Urbanski CD cover for Rite of Spring (Alpha label).

    • Anon says:

      The CD cover confirms it: he is as ugly outside as he is inside. He looks like the Eastern European refugee that he is. Straight outta the Gulag.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Does this venerable tradition go back to at least Artur Nikisch?

  • FrauGeigerin says:

    Well, in the case of Pablo Heras-Casado he needs his signature hair because without it, very much like Samson, and without his show for the audience that has nothing useful for the orchestra (but provides great entertainment for concertgoers) he is nothing. He cultivates a careful hipster image because there is nothing else to offer.

  • David Leibowitz says:

    BREAKING NEWS FLASH: People have hair. Film at 11.

  • Paganono says:

    Who she had in mind? Paavo Jarvi of course!

  • Chris says:

    I still remember when Salonen was named music director in LA, the wonderful critic of the LA Times, the late Martin Bernheimer, called him “the heir apparent with the apparent hair”

  • BP says:

    Eliahu Inbal the target, I’m guessing.

  • papageno says:

    Karajan had the best hair and style.

  • Papageno says:

    when hairy meets sally.