Finnish composer and conducting coach Jorma Panula has caused a storm in his home country by criticising women conductors in a television interview. In an interview published by the Finnish news broadcaster MTV, Panula was bluntly asked if it is a good thing that women conductors enter the profession. Panula replied with a firm “I do not!”
Jorma Panula, 83, is a highly regarded conductor and educator, and throughout the 60’s and 70’s served as the artistic director and chief conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Aarhus Symphony. He served as Professor of Conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
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