Meet the new Music Director of the CBSO……its a woman!!!



Over the last couple of years I have featured several blogs about an up and coming orchestra conductor by the name of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Well here is the latest news………………..

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. 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 orchestra in July 2015 and so impressed musicians, management and audiences alike that she was asked to return in January to conduct a specially arranged concert.

Reviewing last month’s performance, Andrew Clements wrote: “It was easy to understand why she has gone down so well … She communicated something wonderfully alive and detailed to the players, [this was] a performance with fresh, clear textures and an unswerving sense of shape.”


Gražinytė-Tyla is currently assistant conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she was a Dudamel Fellow in 2012-13, and in July this year becomes the west coast orchestra’s associate conductor. 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.

Praised as a dynamic, profound, and extremely talented young conductor, Gražinytė-Tyla was discovered by the German Conducting Forum – Deutscher Dirigentenforum – in April 2009, and has since benefitted from their conducting program and support. She was one of the revelations of the 2009 Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar in Bonn, Germany on “The Art of Conducting Beethoven”.

A native of Vilnius, Lithuania, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was born into a musical family. Before pursuing her studies at the Music Conservatory in Zurich, she studied at the Music Conservatory Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in Leipzig and at the Music Conservatory in Bologna, Italy. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in choral and orchestral conducting from the University of Music and Fine Arts, Graz, Austria. She has participated in numerous master classes and conducting workshops and worked with many established conductors and professors such as Christian Ehwald, George Alexander Albrecht, Johannes Schlaefli, Herbert Blomstedt, Colin Metters, and Kurt Masur.

So well done to the CBSO for having the courage and initiative to appoint such a talented woman, and a vigorous “two fingers” to the naysayers and mysoginists who will now crawl out of the woodwork to criticise the appointment.

I look forward to the day when she is invited to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic and that final bastion of male chauvinism, the Vienna Philharmonic. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see her lead the New Years day concert in Vienna?

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