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AFM Members Among Hardest Working Classical Artists


According to an end of year report from classical event finder and reviewer Bachtrack, AFM members were among some of the hardest working classical artists worldwide. Among the top 10 busiest conductors was Michael Tilson Thomas of Locals 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and 9-535 (Boston, MA), ranked eighth. Sadly, the report found only one of the 100 busiest conductors this year was a woman. Marin Alsop of Local 802 (New York City) was number 70. Not a single one of the top 100 most performed composers was a woman this year. Among contemporary composers, John Williams of Locals 47 and 9-535 was ranked third most performed. Joshua Bell of Local 47 tied with Christian Tetzlaff of Germany for busiest violinist. Among the busiest orchestras worldwide, San Francisco Symphony (Local 6), New York Philharmonic Orchestra (Local 802), and Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Local 10-208) took the top three spots. The Philadelphia Orchestra (Local 77) was ranked number six and Boston Symphony Orchestra (9-535) was number eight.

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