Paavo Järvi, the Estonian conductor of the German Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, believes changes in the world of culture are noticeable.
Järvi told newspaper Eesti Päevaleht during an interview (link in Estonian) compared to the way everybody was treated during the Soviet era, relations are now very different.
He added: "I don't think only of the relationship between a man and a woman but the relationships between every single person have radically changed. It is a logical process but those can be very uncomfortable."
He also said now no one questions the role of female conductors, whereas he remembers them doing so 10 years ago.
Järvi believes Estonia needs a strong industry which supports national culture and spoke about Pärnu Music Festival, which starts on Thursday, and has been developed by the Järvi family.
He said: "Culture is not something secondary which can be dealt with when nothing else is needed. The reality is that if the (Pärnu Music) Festival were supported by entrepreneurs, not just the state, it would be much healthier."
Pärnu Music Festival takes place from July 16 to 23 at Pärnu Concert Hall and on the festival's TV channel. More information about the festival can be found here.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein