Orchestra conductor positions have been dominated by men for many years. Now women are ever so slowly becoming more prominent in these roles. It is about time…
Now Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has just been promoted to associate conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. She was Assistant Conductor before, and now she clearly has some new responsibilities.
A Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2012/13, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was the 2012 winner of the prestigious Nestle and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. Subsequently, she made her debut with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a symphonic concert at the Salzburger Festspiele.
Highlights of Gražinytė-Tyla’s career include an impressive debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, as well as concerts with the Danish Radio Orchestra Copenhagen, the MDR Orchestra Leipzig, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Staatsphilharmonie Saarbrücken, the Choir of the Bavarian Radio, the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Kremerata Baltica collaborating with Gidon Kremer on extensive tours, and the Wiener Kammerorchester in Vienna, among many others.
While I have seen Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla only in videos, I find her to be totally prepared, confident, and having complete knowledge of the style that she wants her musicians to express. I am delighted that we will hear much more from her.
Here is Mirga, telling us more about herself, and her role as a conductor: