HONORARY PRESIDENT 2019
Gražinytė-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. Gražinytė-Tyla has electrified audiences as a guest conductor all over the world. In Europe, she has collaborated with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, and in North America with the Seattle and San Diego Symphony Orchestras. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gražinytė-Tyla was a Dudamel Fellow in the 2012-13 season, Assistant Conductor for two seasons (2014-2016), and 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. As Music Director at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Mirga has been conducting exciting programmes, and inspiring hundreds of young aspiring, and especially female, conductors. She was given an honorary doctorate from the University last summer.
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