23. March 2010 · Comments Off on The Vienna Phil Goes All Girlie On Us · Categories: News

… well, okay … not really:

The Vienna Philharmonic, one of the oldest and most venerated orchestras in the world, has permanently appointed its first woman concertmaster.

Albena Danailova has been acting concertmaster since September 2008, making her the first woman ever in that position with the orchestra. The Bulgarian-born musician had been promoted from first violin — she was also the first woman ever to hold that job.

The world famous ensemble announced Saturday that she now has the concertmaster position after passing probation.

Established in 1842, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was an all-male ensemble until the 1980s when women started joining its ranks.

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