LA Phil’s Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla on the rise

Posted on: January 5, 2015

“Though she isn’t yet 30 and has made only a limited number of professional forays outside of Europe, conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla is already creating a stir in the classical music world for her buoyant podium style and intense approach to demanding symphonic works,” writes David Ng in last Monday’s (12/29) Los Angeles Times. “The Lithuanian conductor will appear at Walt Disney Concert Hall on March 1 to lead a Los Angeles Philharmonic program of music by Mozart, Stravinsky and Beethoven. In August, she conducted a concert of Brahms and Mahler at the Hollywood Bowl and is an assistant conductor with the orchestra.” Gražinyte-Tyla has also been appointed music director of Austria’s Salzburg Landestheater. “Unlike most maestros, who study an instrument before transitioning to the baton, Mirga—as she is becoming known—started in the world of choral music. The daughter of two musicians, Gražinyte-Tyla went to school in Vilnius and studied voice.… She later studied choral music at the University of Music and Fine Arts in Graz, Austria.… ‘I’m still developing my style,’ she said…. ‘How much organizing does an orchestra need, how much inspiration should a conductor give? It’s a very interesting subject, and you’re never done researching.’ ”

Posted January 5, 2015