Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has become the first woman musical director to be chosen for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), a world-class orchestra in the UK.
Lithuanian conductor is first woman to lead prestigious British orchestra

“I might bring some new ideas, some new inspirations, but they have their own imagination,” Gražinytė-Tyla said in an interview with BBC.

She also spoke to the BBC about the inclusion of women in a role that still tends to be male-dominated; “It has definitely changed, but of course it is not enough yet. Many people do have a question 'can a woman conduct?' or 'oh, it feels strange.'”

Gražinytė-Tyla is considered by many to be a rising star in the world of conducting, and her appointment to the CBSO has been greeted with praise.

Though she is a Vilnius native, her education has been decidedly international, taking her to Zurich, Leipzig, Bologna and Graz. Before coming to the CBSO, she also worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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