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In January, Bachtrack released its annual classical music statistics, based on a database of 33,578 international performances in 2018. Unsurprisingly, Beethoven and Mozart topped the list for most performed composers, while Bernstein moved up to third place (from 43 in 2016) due to widespread celebrations of his centenary. Also, four of the five most performed works were by Bernstein.
Among most performed contemporary composers, Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and 9-535 (Boston, MA) member John Williams came in second. Among the world’s busiest orchestras Chicago Symphony Orchestra (members of Local 10-208) ranked third, Philadelphia Orchestra (Local 77) fourth, New York Philharmonic (Local 802) fifth, Boston Symphony Orchestra (Local 9-535) seventh, and Los Angeles Philharmonic (Local 47) ninth.
Among busy conductors, Local 406 (Montreal, PQ) member Yannick Nézet Séguin ranked fourth. Among women conductors, Local 125 (Norfolk, VA) member JoAnn Falletta was the busiest and Local 802 (New York City) member Marin Alsop was second busiest.