“Unstoppable and mesmerising”
Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla was named Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in February 2016, following in the footsteps of Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, and Andris Nelsons, and two years later the orchestra extended her music directorship through the 2020-21 season. In early 2021, she announced that she would extend her Music Director contract for one additional season before stepping down at the end of 2021-22 and assuming the role of the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor.
Recent highlights include numerous European tours with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Filharmonica della Scala, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC).
Gražinyte-Tyla has electrified audiences across continents. In Europe, she has collaborated with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, Choir of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the MDR Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Vienna Chamber Orchestras of Vienna, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, and the Orchestra of the Komische Oper in Berlin. She has enjoyed a dynamic collaboration with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica on a number of European tours and has led operas in Heidelberg, Salzburg, Komische Oper Berlin, and Bern, where she served as First Kapellmeister. In North America, she has worked with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Seattle, and San Diego, and in May 2018 conducted the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in her Carnegie Hall debut.
At the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gražinyte-Tyla was a Dudamel Fellow in the 2012-13 season, Assistant Conductor (2014-16), and Associate Conductor (2016-17). She was also the Music Director of the Salzburg Landestheater from 2015 to 2017.
Her debut album as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon Artist featured Polish composer Mieczysław Weinberg’s Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra and Symphony No. 21 (“Kaddish”), recorded with Gidon Kremer, the CBSO, and Kremerata Baltica, and released in May 2019 to coincide with celebrations of the composer’s centenary. Mirga’s album was nominated for a Grammy and in 2020 received not only numerous accolades from the press but a Gramophone Classical Music Award and an Opus Klassik Award as well. In her next release, Gražinytė-Tyla featured music of her compatriot Raminta Šerkšnytė with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Vilnius Municipal Choir, and Kremerata Baltica, followed by an album of works by British composers with the CBSO, which celebrated its centenary in 2020.
Gražinyte-Tyla was discovered by the German Conducting Forum (Deutsches Dirigentenforum) 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 with a bachelor’s degree in choral and orchestral conducting from the University of Music and Fine Arts, in Graz, Austria. Mirga has participated in numerous masterclasses and conducting workshops, and has worked with many established conductors and professors, including Christian Ehwald, George Alexander Albrecht, Johannes Schlaefli, Herbert Blomstedt, and Colin Metters.
Kapellmeister. Winner of the 2012 Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, she subsequently made her professional debut leading a performance with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at the Salzburger Festspiele.