Conductors are managers

Helmut and I loved Itay Talgam‘s presentation of famous conductors and their styles, from the TED conference in Oxford. It’s actually not just a mirror of styles of management, it’s also a prism of culture, as control is organized in very different ways. So, which of the conductors appeals most to you: Carlos Kleiber, Ricardo Muti, Richard Strauss, Herbert v. Karajan, Carlos Kleiber (again), or Leonard Bernstein?

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3 thoughts on “Conductors are managers”

  1. Wonderful, Anne, enjoyed that immensely.
    I think it’ll work wonders as homework for my advanced group who’re going to be moving into the presentations part of our course shortly.

    Regarding the most appealing, I really liked Kleiber – the graceful movement and the footwork, in particular. You could almost picture him in other circumstances (!) Of course the last shot of – did he call him Leoni? – the facials were excellent.
    OK, then I was just wondering – why are all the big conducting stars always male??? Are there any famous women doing this job?
    Jxx (: ))

  2. Hi Joan,
    I don’t know a single one, either. There have been a very few marvellous band leaders in jazz – I’m thinking of Carla Bley and Laurie Anderson – and classical musicians with a vision of their own, like Cecilia Bartoli, but never a conductor. I wonder why.
    PS for reference: Just because we don’t know them doesn’t mean they aren’t there. See the list of woman conductors at
    also see this BBC article:

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