Press + Reviews

28 Jul 2017
Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla — a combination of flamboyance and steely poise
On the podium she is a combination of flamboyance and steely poise. In person, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is just the same... At just 31, Gražinytė-Tyla has the air of a veteran.
 —Hannah Nepil, Financial Times
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2 Apr 2017
The real headliner of the concert: alphorns, blowing a whirlwind of dark emotion through Disney Hall
'Mirga capped the evening with a fluid and excitable performance...'
 —Richard S. Ginell, Los Angeles Times
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2 Apr 2017
Rising Young Conductor Commands the Stage at LA Philharmonic
ABC News Los Angeles profiles Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla in this video segment
 —Adrienne Alpert, ABC News Los Angeles
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1 Feb 2017
CBSO / Gražinytė-Tyla: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
'There was playful, assertive, intelligent music-making in this matinee, including an ecstatic performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony' (*****)
 —Anna Picard, The Times of London
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30 Jan 2017
CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall
'Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla returned to a packed and adoring Symphony Hall to conduct her second subscription series concert with "her" CBSO.' (*****)
 —Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post
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21 Jan 2017
The Big Debuts Of Carnegie Hall’s Next Season
'It might seem as if every major classical musician has played Carnegie Hall — but its next season, which begins in October, features some big debuts.'
 —Michael Cooper, The New York Times
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27 Nov 2016
Turning heads
'The CBSO's new director made a strong debut'
 —Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times
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18 Nov 2016
CBSO/ Gražinytė-Tyla at Symphony Hall, Brimingham
'Every sweeping gesture of the arms, every flick and curl of the fingers was musical and expressive. Yet most importantly her animation translated into the music's sound and shape, with transparent textures, lively detail and natural tempos.' (*****)
 —Rebecca Franks, The Times of London
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31 Oct 2016
Prom 55: Fate knocks, Ophelia sings, Mirga triumphs
'Gražinytė-Tyla's energetic conducting clearly signals what she wants'  (*****)
 —Mark Pullinger , Bachtrack
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9 Sep 2016
BBC Proms 2016: reviews of the best Proms so far (Prom 55)
'A compelling force on the podium, Gražinytė-Tyla clearly signals exciting times ahead for the CBSO'
'This concert made it clear that the CBSO has not lost its winning streak in finding young conductors destined for great things'
(*****)
 —John Allison, The Telegraph
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1 Sep 2016
Cracking a Glass Ceiling With the Maestro’s Baton
'...and after the prize ceremony the jury leader, a Hungarian lady, came to me and said, "Don't imitate men, male conductors." And this idea was very new for me. I had never planned to imitate.'
 —Michael Cooper, New York Times
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29 Aug 2016
Concert: Prom 55: CBSO/ Gražinytė-Tyla at the Royal Albert Hall
'The musicality of the new director of the CBSO was evident within 30 seconds of her raising her baton' (*****)
 —Richard Morrison, The Times of London
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28 Aug 2016
City of Birmingham SO/Gražinytė-Tyla review – spellbinding, bewitching
'Gražinytė-Tyla seems to have that precious conductor's knack of allowing players all the expressive freedom they want, while still being able to shape every aspect of a performance in exactly the way she wants.'  (*****)
 —Andrew Clements, The Guardian
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28 Aug 2016
Prom 55: Hannigan, CBSO, Gražinytė-Tyla
'A thrilling Proms debut full of invention and the unexpected'
'This is a conductor whose physical authority..... is matched by her creative intelligence'
'London had better get used to feeling jealous, because Gražinytė-Tyla has just given us one more reason to envy Birmingham her wonderful CBSO'
 —Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk
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27 Aug 2016
Review: Welcoming Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, CBSO at Symphony Hall
'In just one evening we witnessed exactly what the Mirga magic can do. And this is just the start.' (*****)
 —David Hart, Birmingham Post
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16 Aug 2016
Meet conducting’s next superstar: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
'...her approach to conducting is so humane and intelligent'
'...an astonishingly gifted conductor'
'Conducting's next superstar'
 — Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph
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1 Aug 2016
We meet... Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Photo: James Cheadle
'It will be Gražinytė-Tyla who finally removes the concept of 'female conductor' from our vocabulary'
'It's Gražinytė-Tyla who, with her electrifying balleticism, suddenly makes the idea of male maestro look – frankly – a little bit last century'
 —Helen Wallace, BBC Music Magazine
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28 Jul 2016
Mirga's majestic moments at the Bowl before her big one in Birmingham
'This is Mirga's moment, and Tuesday she showed herself ready.'
'Sparks fly.'
 —Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
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1 Jun 2016
Taking the CBSO by storm Photo: Frans Jansen
'Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla's appointment is the ultimate vote of confidence in the 29-year-old's potential.'
 —Katy Wright, Classical Music
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14 Apr 2016
Mirga takes the baton: the CBSO music director on her new job
'Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla manages to exude calm while crackling with energy'
 —Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian
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2 Mar 2016
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla takes the lead in an inspired women's night with the L.A. Phil
'This is Mirga's moment.'
 —Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
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5 Feb 2016
From the Baltics to Birmingham: the new queen of the baton
'Let the Mirga mania begin'
 —Neil Fisher, The Times of London
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5 Feb 2016
The L.A. Phil's mesmerizing Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla leaps to the Birmingham orchestra
'the most exciting young conductor to come along since Gustavo Dudamel.'
 —Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
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4 Feb 2016
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla to head City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
'the rising classical music star ... landed a plum job with a major European orchestra.'
 —David Ng, Los Angeles Times
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11 Dec 2015
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla shows why she's moving up in latest L.A. Phil show at Disney Hall
'her wonderful exploit here was to share with players and any jaded listeners in the hall the joys of discovery.'
 —Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
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21 Aug 2015
Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla brings her magic back to the Bowl
'wry smile and utter control'
 —Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
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10 Aug 2015
L.A. Phil's Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is promoted to associate conductor
'After a stellar debut at the Hollywood Bowl last year, the 2012 winner of Salzburg, Austria's, young conductor competition has been promoted...'
 —Tre'vell Anderson, Los Angeles Times
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2 Mar 2015
[Petrushka and Beethoven 7 in LA]
'filigree details in "Petrushka"'
 —Zachary Woolfe, New York Times
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26 Dec 2014
L.A. Phil's Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts herself with aplomb
'...Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is already creating a stir in the classical music world for her buoyant podium style and intense approach to demanding symphonic works.'
'...a young conductor who seems poised to conquer even bigger, greater challenges.'
 —David Ng, Los Angeles Times
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12 Dec 2014
Notable Performances and Recordings of 2014
'Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, a new star of the podium, led a startlingly precise, potent Mahler First with the L.A. Phil'
 —Alex Ross, The New Yorker
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8 Aug 2014
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla makes great first impression

'My guess is that before long she will be known simply as "Mirga."'

'The orchestra gave her everything she wanted, brightly and brilliantly, looking and sounding equally thrilled to go along with her for this wild ride.'

 —Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
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