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Top 5 rising conductors of 2014

Transforming orchestras, winning international competitions, breaking gender barriers: that is just a sample of what young conductors are doing these days. 2014 was a thrilling year that marked the rise of many brilliant talents, but more importantly it brought to the forefront the touchy issue of gender in a field historically dominated by men. This is changing, however, as increasing numbers of female conductors prove their leadership skills and musical gifts as the heads of top orchestras.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and violinist Jennifer Koh thrill audience at Bing

The world-renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1972,  took the stage with violinist Jennifer Koh last Saturday. Known for its democratic approach to music-making – Orpheus lacks a traditional conductor, instead opting for a rotating leadership group – it aims to “combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of the…