A Lithuanian at the LA Philmain
The Los Angeles Philharmonic assistant conductor, Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, 29, is on a learning curve. Her repertoire grows from one concert to the next. And she’s being auditioned for music director in San Diego. She’s getting known pretty well around southern California:
Her gender and her youth would not seem to be much of an issue during her rehearsal with the L.A. Phil. The sheer physicality of her presence on the podium is immediately remarkable. Her motions are big but crisp and incisive. She plants her feet, bends her knees, and drives a phrase like a tennis player swinging through a forehand. She makes a fist and growls, asking for more vigor.
She treats the orchestra as equals, as partners. She says “please” and “thank you.” Her verbal directions are brief and to the point. She seems to want to let the orchestra play through Rodion Shchedrin’s “Carmen Suite” – trusting their abilities to learn it, a sure way to win over musicians – more than to hear herself talk. At any rate, her baton is plenty expressive.
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