Is The Face Of Classical Music Changing?

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It is a well-known fact that in most of the music industry today, there are certain standards of “beauty” and the way someone looks. If a musician is “good-looking” it is assumed they will sell more albums. But does that statement ring true in the classical music realm?

Lately, Dame Jenni Murray of Woman’s Hour has been saying that female classical musicians are facing a lot of pressure to look good, meaning that their talent is not necessarily enough anymore. But isn’t music all about sound and not about looks? It takes years and years for a classic to perfect their craft, but it appears that more and more attractive, young classical musicians seem to be making a name for themselves in the competitive music industry.

Another question is what prompted young musicians to become well-known in the classical music world? Well perhaps it is because some people think classical music is out of touch and that most great classical musicians are dead by now. To some, showing that classical music is still alive means bringing in younger musicians to advocate for this “lost” genre. These musicians can also help to bring the love of classical music back to our younger generations.

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