Death of a Trailblazer

The classical music world just experienced the loss of one of the most recognized women conductors of the 20th century. Veronika Dudarova was an internationally recognized conductor who led Moscow orchestras for sixty years. First appointed to the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in 1947, she became the ensemble’s chief conductor and artistic director in 1960. After leaving the MSSO in 1989 she founded and led the Symphony Orchestra of Russia in 1991 (at the age of 74), leading the ensemble until her death last week at age 92.

News of her death has traveled throughout the music world via the Associated Press, but is notably absent from the New York Times.

Dudarova was also featured in a Swedish documentary filmed in 1987 honoring women conductors entitled Dirigenterna. (Also featured in the film were Victoria Bond, Joann Falletta, Camilla Kolchinsky, Ortrud Mann, and Kerstin Nerre. New York Times overview)

More information on Dudarova can be found at the website for the Symphony Orchestra of Russia.