The violin is one of only three orchestral instruments with more women musicians overall, analysis by news website has revealed


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A statistical analysis of the gender balance of 22 top international orchestras by Quartz at Work has shown that disparities remain marked in particular instruments.

The article factored in a total of 2,438 full-time musicians, and found that overall 69% were men, leaving only 761 places for women musicians across the 22 orchestras.

Double bass sections were among the most heavily unbalanced, with 95% men, with cellos at 70% and violas 65%. The violin was one of only three orchestral instruments with a higher percentage of women (c.52%).

The article is available to read here.