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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was discovered by the German Conducting Forum – Deutsche Dirigentenforum in April 2009, and has since benefitted from their conducting program and support. With the start of the 2013/2014 season, she begins her tenure as First Kapellmeister of the Opera house in Bern, Switzerland and will conduct their productions of La Traviata and The Cunning Little Vixen. For two consecutive seasons, 2011/12 and 2012/13, Ms. Gražinytė-Tyla was 2nd Kapellmeister at the Theater Heidelberg which enabled her to conduct many opera productions and symphonic concerts. In April 2012, Ms. Gražinytė-Tyla won the prestigious Nestle and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award selected from 91 applicants by a jury chaired by Maestro Ingo Metzmacher, thus giving her the opportunity to conduct the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a symphonic concert at the Salzburger Festspiele in Salzburg in August 2012. During the 2012/2013 season she received a “Dudamel Fellowship” from the Los Angeles Philharmonic which enabled her to assist and conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in family concerts as well as making her subscription debut with the Orchestra by stepping in on a very short notice for an ailing Ludovic Morlot.
Praised as a dynamic, profound and extremely talented young conductor, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, was one of the revelations of the 2009 Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar in Bonn, Germany on “the Art of Conducting Beethoven”. As a result she was invited back to Bonn in December 2009 by the Beethoven Orchester and its music director Stefan Blunier to participate in the Beethoven Night. In addition, Maestro Kurt Masur invited her to share the podium with him and two other conductors for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in December 2010 - Mirga conducted the second movement of the symphony.
Highlights of Ms. Gražinytė-Tyla’s concert career to date include several productions at the Theater Heidelberg such as “Aida and Carmen”, a contemporary opera Las Cartas de Frida by the renowned Mexican composer Marcela Rodriguez; Traviata in Osnabrück, concerts with the Danish Radio Orchestra, Copenhagen, the MDR Orchestra Leipzig, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra as well as a collaboration with the Camerata Salzburg.
In 2013/14, Ms. Gražinytė-Tyla will collaborate with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerate Baltica in an extensive tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In addition, she will make her debut with the Wiener Kammerorchester in Vienna, Austria.
A native of Vilnius, Lithuania, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was born into a musical family. Before pursuing her studies at the Music Conservatory Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig in 2008, she graduated with a bachelor degree in choral and orchestral conducting from the University of Music and Fine Arts, Graz, Austria. From 2007 until 2008 she furthered her studies at the Music Conservatory in Bologna, Italy. 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, Collin Metters and Kurt Masur.
In 2007 she was the recipient of the First Prize of the International Competition for Young Choral Conductors in Budapest, Hungary and in 2008 she won the third prize at the International Conducting Competition in Stavanger, Norway.