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What does a conductor do?

According to google, "What does a conductor do" is one of the most frequently asked questions about conductors. On this page, I would like to share some thoughts about the essential aspects of my job.
Before we enter the podium, there is a long preparation process. Studying scores, research, reading, practicing and more in order to make efficient use of the baton and to inspire the musicians we work with.
My first article will be dedicated to a recent project I have been working on. Studying compositions by historic female composers, aiming to raise attention on their contribution to orchestral music. 


Biographies and program suggestions

While doing some random search during the concert-free period of 2020, I came across a movie called Komponistinnen, which highlights the biographies of Fanny Hensel, Emilie Mayer, Mel Bonis and Lili Boulanger. I found their biographies very moving and I found their creative output - in spite of many obstacles in society - tremendously impressive. And it seemed that in most cases their oeuvre had been forgotten after their deaths. I, personally, couldn’t think of many orchestral compositions by historic female composers that I had heard - let alone performed. Thus, I began to explore the orchestral repertoire of historic female composers, aiming at a greater variety of music to introduce to orchestras and audiences.

I believe that it requires multiple excellent performances and recordings in order to establish a composition in the repertoire. As a conductor, I hope to be able to make a contribution to building a podium for compositions which unfairly aren’t performed any more.

On this blog, I introduce historic female composers and some of their compositions which I would like to integrate into my program suggestions. This is very much „work in progress“ and I am very keen on learning your thoughts about that topic. Have you heard a fantastic piece which is not listed below? Is there a historic female composer you particularly like? I would be very grateful if you shared your suggestions.


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