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Forum Series: Women & Music

  • Conservatory Orchestra Hall YST Conservatory Singapore, 117376 Singapore (map)


Across many disciplines, and even internationally, the number of female students is often much higher than that of male students. Yet, still too many female university graduates face significant obstacles due to the glass ceiling as they climb the ladder of success. This phenomenon manifests in academic fields, artistic studies, as well as in the artistic professions.

In this forum, Elisabeth Freismuth will introduce three examples of female artists – Olga Neuwirth, Oksana Lyniv and Claudia Döffinger – who serve as role models in the male-dominated genres of conducting, jazz and composition. Through their stories, the forum will address the challenges as well as the possibilities which young artists face along their career paths.


Elisabeth Freismuth (J.D.) was born in Vienna, where she studied Law, History and Art History and completed her Doctorate in Law at the University of Vienna. From 1990 to 2008, she has been Director of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, President of the Friends of the Vienna Film Academy, Co-founder and Vice President of the Forum Universität und Gesellschaft, as well as Lecturer at the Max Reinhardt Seminar. She has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arnold Schönberg Center, as well as the Steering Committee for the Redesign of the Austrian National Exhibition in Auschwitz-Birkenau, initiated under the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism. From 2012 to 2013 she was President of the Netzwerk Bildungsarchitektinnen association. She has completed courses in leadership, including INSEAD Fontainebleau’s The Challenge of Leadership in 2010, and a course on strategic leadership on behalf of the Austrian Federal Government in 2014.

 From 2008 to 2014 she was Director-General at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, with responsibilities including budget, staff management, grants, public relations as well as law and protocol matters. From October 2014 to October 2018, she was Rector of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. She has also been President of the Policy Committee on International Affairs (Universities Austria) since November 2015, member of the European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) since December 2016, and Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Theaterholding Graz/Steiermark GmbH since May 2018. Since October 2018, she has been a Special Representative of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. 

Photo credits: Christian Jungwirth


• Free admission.
• All event information is correct at time of print.
• Out of respect for other concert goers, no children under 6 years of age will be allowed admission.

Earlier Event: November 27
Junior Recital: VOICE
Later Event: November 28
Junior Recital: CELLO