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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

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Contact: Stefan Fragner
Phone: +43 660 300 2897



Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Since the beginning of the 2016/17 season Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is Osborn Music Director of the City of Birmingham Orchestra, following in the footsteps of Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons. She made her debut with the orchestra in July 2015 and returned in January 2016.

Gražinytė-Tyla was a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the 2012-13 season, she became Assistant Conductor with the Orchestra in 2014, and was promoted to Associate Conductor for the 2016-17 season. 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 Salzburger Festspiele. Gražinytė-Tyla was serving as the Music Director of the Salzburg Landestheater from 2015 until 2017.

Gražinytė-Tyla has electrified audiences as a guest conductor in North America with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Seattle and San Diego symphonies; in Europe, she has collaborated with the Lithuan­ian National Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, the Choir of the Bavarian Radio, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony as well as the Chamber Orchestras of Vienna, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Lucerne Festival, Helsinki Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg, and the Orchestra of the Komische Oper in Berlin. At the Kremerata Baltica, Gražinytė-Tyla has enjoyed a dynamic collaboration with Gidon Kremer on extensive tours, most recently at the Vienna Festival. She has led numerous operas in Heidelberg and Bern, where she served as Kapellmeister, as well as in Salzburg and at the Komische Oper in Berlin.

Gražinytė-Tyla was discovered by the German Conducting Forum (Deutsches Dirigentenforum) in April 2009, and was one of the revelations of the 2009 Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar in Bonn on "The Art of Conduc­ting Beethoven." 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, Graz, Austria. She has partici­pated in numerous master classes and worked with established conductors and professors such as Christian Ehwald, George Alexander Albrecht, Johannes Schlaefli, Herbert Blomstedt, Colin Metters, and Kurt Masur.

Future engagements and re-invitations will bring her to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, RAI Torino and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. She will go on tour with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with concerts in Germany, the Benelux-countries, Switzerland and Austria, where they will perform in the Musikverein in Vienna.

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is an exclusive artist of Deutsche Grammophon. The first album will be released in May 2019.

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