Kaija Saariaho: A Primer

Though now hailed as one of the greatest Finnish composers of her generation, Kaija Saariaho readily recalls a time at the Sibelius Academy when male teachers balked at teaching a “pretty girl,” claiming it was a waste of their time. But Saariaho, who as a...

Wang Jie on the Fast Track

In a relatively short time Wang Jie has made quite an impression on the classical music establishment. Last June the Orchestra of the League of Composers premiered Wang’s Oboe Concerto for the Genuine Hearts of Sadness, a work it had commissioned with funding in...

Schneider Crosses Over to Classical–and Wins a Grammy

Maria Schneider has a knack for choosing to work in musical genres where women have traditionally been least represented and recognized—and then flipping the script to win all kinds of renown and accolade. As a jazz composer and big-band leader, Schneider has been...

Washburn, Salvati Win American Prizes

Women scored top honors in two of the coveted orchestral categories recently awarded by the American Prize. Leading the way, Michigan Philharmonic maestro Nan Harrison Washburn, formerly the co-founder and artistic director of the Women’s Philharmonic, was named...