Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was named music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) in February 2016, following in the footsteps of Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, and Andris Nelsons. Her music directorship has been extended through the 2020–21 season.
Highlights of her 2018–19 season include numerous European tours with the CBSO and performances with the New York Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and National Symphony Orchestra. She will also take part in highly anticipated events such as the CBSO Song Festival and BBC Proms.
Ms. Gražinytė-Tyla has electrified audiences as a guest conductor all over the world. In Europe she has collaborated with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Choir of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Camerata Salzburg, and Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin. At the Kremerata Baltica, she has enjoyed a dynamic collaboration with Gidon Kremer on numerous European tours. She has led operas in Heidelberg and Salzburg, at Komische Oper Berlin, and in Bern, where she served as Kapellmeister. In North America she has worked with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and San Diego Symphony, and led The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ms. Gražinytė-Tyla was a Dudamel Fellow (2012–13), assistant conductor (2014–16), and associate conductor (2016–17 season). She was music director of the Salzburg Landestheater (2015–17). Winner of the 2012 prestigious Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, she subsequently made her debut with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in a symphonic concert at the Salzburg Festival.
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was discovered by the Deutsches Dirigentenforum (German Conducting Forum) in April 2009. A native of Vilnius, Lithuania, she 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 from the University of Music and Fine Arts, Graz, Austria, with a bachelor’s degree in choral and orchestral conducting. Ms. Gražinytė-Tyla 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, and Colin Metters.
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