Noam Ben-Zeev, Gallery, Haaretz Newspaper 17.8.2015
"In all art areas, there is an expansion of ethnic diversity of the artists and audiences, so why is it that in classical music it is still mostly white orchestras, playing works by white men for a white audience? A conference to be held in England and new studies put in doubt the assertion that musical education of the audience is the solution.
Next November, a conference titled "Listening to Listeners: A Contemporary Look at Classical Music" will take place at the University of Sheffield in England. The starting viewpoint is recent studies indicating ethnic unity among the audience of this music, which in the U.S. and England is mostly white - in addition to being middle-class, middle-aged and educated. In the U.S. this issue is long being discussed and investigated, in particular - also in the context of depletion and aging of the classical concerts audience.
Everyone talks about "rejuvenation of the audience", but it is only a small part of the problem: "Forget the matter of grey heads. It’s a matter of white faces”, wrote in the Gramophone magazine, Mahan Esfahani, a harpsichordist born in Tehran, and has performed with all the significant British symphonic orchestras and ensembles specializing in Baroque music".