Powerful Women in Contemporary Music

I spent a lot of my downtime today thinking about the array of incredible role models that I have been looking at in my listening, and have decided to compile a constantly updating list of women composers who have affected my view of the contemporary music scene. 

  • Shulamit Ran
  • Kaija Saariaho
  • Elizabeth Ogonek
  • Jennifer Higdon 
  • Unsuk Chin
  • Hannah Lash
  • Wang Jie
  • Nina C Young 
  • Missy Mazzoli
  • Lili Boulanger (and Nadia Boulanger)
  • Augusta Reed Thomas 
  • Du Yun
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir
  • Lera Auerbach
  • Anna Clyne
  • Paola Prestini
  • Sarah Kirkland Snider 
  • Eve Baglarian
  • Laura Kaminsky
  • Lisa Bielawa
  • Malinda Wagner
  • Galina Ustvolskaya
  • Chen Yi
  • Amy Beach
  • Valarie Coleman
  • Libby Larsen 
  • Tansy Davies
  • Judith Weir
  • Kate Soper
  • Caroline Shaw
  • Julia Wolfe
  • Ashley Fure

and many more to come!  

Kari Watson