Celebrating female composers

The International Women's Day marks the struggle for worldwide gender balance and at Edition·S we find it important to aim for a gender-balanced repertoire in the world of classical and new music.

Recent repertoire reports published in 2018 show a significant lack of diversity in the repertoire performed by Danish orchestras and ensembles, and at Danish music festivals and music societies. The reports initiated by the Danish Composers' Society, Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Edition·S and SNYK show that female composers are largely overlooked in Danish concert programmes where more than 95% of the works performed are written by men.

At Edition·S we are proud to include more and more female composers in our catalogue. We are still far from a gender-balanced list of published composers, but we are proud to represent works by a number of great female composers spanning a century: from Nancy Dalberg's 1915 String Quartet no.1 to a growing list of contemporary works. 

Click the names below to find works published by each composer.

Birgitte Alsted
Irene Becker
Ylva Lund Bergner
Vivian Dahl
Nancy Dalberg
Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrød
Maija Einfelde
Bára Gísladóttir
Galina Grigorjeva
Edina Hadziselimovic
Diana Pereira Hay
Eva Noer Kondrup
Gudrun Lund
Mette Nielsen
Else Marie Pade
Elly Bruunshuus Petersen
Indra Rise
Hanne Rømer
Christina Wagner Smitt
Liu Sola
Helle Solberg
Line Tjørnhøj
Laura Toxværd
Li-Ying Wu
Rachel Yatzkan
Aya Yoshida
Hanne Ørvad

Read more about the repertoire report on Danish ensembles, orchestras and festivals here.

Read more about the repertoire report on Danish Music Societies here.