“Meeting a Force -- MIRGA GRAŽINYTĖ-TYLA makes a great first impression, and before long she will simply be known as MIRGA” wrote the Los Angeles Times critic after her thrilling Hollywood Bowl debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in August 2014. Recently appointed Music Director of the Salzburg Landestheater with the start of the 2015/16 season and promoted to the new post of Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as of July 2016, Mirga has not ceased to electrify orchestras and audiences alike.
A Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2012/13, Gražinytė-Tyla is 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. This season in North America, Mirga will be making her debut with the symphony orchestras of San Diego and Detroit. She will return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic in subscription and for a Hollywood Bowl concert.
Highlights of Gražinytė-Tyla’s career include an impressive debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra who has asked Mirga back in January 2016, 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.
Her 2014/15 season included new productions of The Magic Flute and Tahrir (world premiere) as Music Director designate in Salzburg as w ell as subscription debuts with the Seattle Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2013/14 as First Kapellmeister of the Opera House in Bern, she conducted new productions of Zero , La Traviata , and The Cunning Little Vixen and several productions at the Theater Heidelberg such as Aida and Carmen as well as Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Las Cartas de Frida by the renowned Mexican composer Marcela Rodriguez.
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.