While adult males make up a relatively small proportion of piano players overall and are usually outnumbered by women in tertiary institutions and among piano teachers, they dominate the lists of prize winners in major international piano competitions and the ranks of professional pianists.

The same pattern of gender difference is not apparent when one looks at violin competition results. The violin is an instrument for which different sizes and variations in design are available with resulting less evidence of disadvantage relating to hand span.. Children normally have the benefit of starting to play the violin on a smaller version.

Major performing and recording artists over the last 100 years have overwhelmingly been male. Many of the best known female artists have focused mainly on baroque and early classical repertoire.

For further information and statistics, go to: http://smallpianokeyboards.org/competitions/

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