City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Grazinyte-Tyla diagnosed with COVID-19

Posted on: March 16, 2020

“Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, the beloved former associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus,” reads an unsigned Sunday (3/15) Los Angeles Times article. “The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where Grazinyte-Tyla was appointed music director in 2016, said the conductor was recovering at home. All 10 concerts on the British orchestra’s European tour have been canceled. On Feb. 28, Grazinyte-Tyla announced she was pregnant with her second child and due in August. At the L.A. Phil, Grazinyte-Tyla was assistant conductor for the 2014-2016 seasons and promoted to associate conductor for 2016-17 before landing the Birmingham post, seen as a key appointment for rising talent. Among those who have been music director at Birmingham is Simon Rattle, now music director of the London Symphony Orchestra. Last year, Times critic Mark Swed called Grazinyte-Tyla’s recording of two symphonies by Mieczyslaw Weinberg an instant classic. ‘Grazinyte-Tyla has taken the city of Birmingham and its orchestra by storm, and the playing is gorgeous,’ Swed wrote.”