Conductors are, at least in principle, also expected to wear white tie in concerts where the orchestra members wear tailcoats. However, many conductors - as well as soloists - have lately opted for a more liberal dress code. There is a group of "modernists", who prefer their own kind "haute couture". Still, maybe the majority of maestros, both old and young, prefer the traditional white tie.
Below you will find some of the main "players" in the two teams, "modernists" and "traditionalists". I must admit that I prefer the traditionalists (but only with regard to the dress code!):
|Karel Mark Chicon|
|Lorin Maazel has a foot in both camps|
|Sir Simon Rattle|
|Sir John Eliot Gardiner|