Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla Signs Exclusively to Deutsche Grammophon
February 1, 2019

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla Signs Exclusively to Deutsche Grammophon
Photo: Andreas Hechenberger

Maestro Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla makes history as she signs to Deutsche Grammophon – home to legendary conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Andris Nelsons. The Lithuanian musician, who is Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, becomes the first female conductor to sign an exclusive long-term contract with the label.
Gražinyte-Tyla will release her debut album in May – a collection of orchestral works by Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, whose centenary falls this year. She conducts the combined forces of the CBSO, Kremerata Baltica and violinist Gidon Kremer in Symphony No. 21 “Kaddish” – a major work completed in 1991 and dedicated to the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto. She also directs Kremerata Baltica in the early Symphony No. 2. This first recording was made at Symphony Hall Birmingham during the CBSO’s critically-acclaimed Weinberg Weekend in November 2018, and the album was made with the generous support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
This will be followed by two more albums: Gražinyte-Tyla will record music by her compatriot Raminta Šerkšnyte (b. 1975) with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Vilnius Municipal Choir and Kremerata Baltica; and for her third album album she will record works by other 20th century British composers with the CBSO as the orchestra celebrates its centenary.
“Deutsche Grammophon was part of my musical upbringing,” says Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla. “It’s a genuine honour to join DG and to record works that will be new to so many listeners. The music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Raminta Šerkšnyte, a rising star among Lithuanian composers, deserves to reach the widest possible audience. It’s very exciting that our partnership will document some of the musical adventures that the fabulous CBSO and I are about to embark on together and will celebrate the orchestra’s centenary with an album of landmarks of 20th century British music. I look forward to this thrilling collaboration with DG and to the musical discoveries we can make together.”
Dr Clemens Trautmann, President of Deutsche Grammophon, welcomes the signing. “Mirga is a very special musician, someone whose passion and commitment is communicated with irresistible eloquence. She has made a profound impression with the CBSO, introducing new repertoire and shining new light on works from the symphonic mainstream. I’m sure her first DG recordings will reach out to new audiences and set benchmarks for innovative programming.”

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