City of Birmingham Symphony’s next music director: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Posted on: February 4, 2016

“The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra this morning ends months of speculation and reveals who has been chosen to replace Andris Nelsons as Music Director,” writes Imogen Tilden in Thursday’s (2/4) Guardian (London). “Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla will be the CBSO’s 12th chief conductor with effect from September 2016, for an initial three-year period… The 29-year-old Lithuanian made her debut with [the CBSO] in July 2015.… Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, [Gražinytė-Tyla] studied in Leipzig, Bologna, Zurich and Graz … [and] is currently assistant conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.… She also holds the post of music director of the Salzburg Landestheater, in which city she first came to international attention when, in 2012, she won the Salzburg festival young conductors award…. A committee of CBSO musicians, board members and management made the unanimous decision to invite Gražinytė-Tyla to be the orchestra’s music director.” Chief executive Stephen Maddock said, “There was an instant chemistry between Mirga and our musicians, and the excitement in Symphony Hall at her concerts both on stage and in the audience was palpable.… Mirga is thrilling audiences wherever she goes: we can’t wait to start making music with her.”

Posted February 4, 2016