Good conduct

Is it just me, or do all the major music conductors in the world look the same?

There I was, enjoying the 2015 New Year’s concert from Vienna, with the excellent Zubin Mehta. He has what I have come to call ‘the conductor’s face.’ So do virtually all the men who you get to stare in the face as they bring another New Year to the world. It’s something about their noses.

Lorin Maazel more than most. Von Karajan. And in a surprising way Mariss Jansons and Seiji Ozawa are rather like each other, too, despite coming from such diverse countries.

Is there something about conducting orchestras that makes them ‘exercise’ their faces in a particular way, which in turn could explain these perceived facial similarities? Life style?

It could obviously be that I am a little crazy. But I’m not, am I?

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