Next music director: It’s hers (or his) to lose

Next music director: It’s hers (or his) to lose


norman lebrecht

January 12, 2016

On Sunday, the young Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla gave a hastily-inserted concert with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. It went, by all accounts, outstandingly well. Mirga, 29, impressed the musicians on debut last year. She is presently a Dudamel assistant at the LA Phil. This was to be her confirmation concert.

There is just one hurdle to overcome. Next weekend, the Israeli Omer Meir Wellber will conduct in Birmingham. Wellber, 34, is a few steps ahead of Mirga in the music pecking order, having made a couple of recordings for Decca and winning respects from opera stars.

omer meir wellber

The musicians will make their decision within a week of the Wellber concert.

At present, we hear, they are 4-1 in favour of Mirga, but a lot can change in a week, or a night.

Either way, Birmingham will once again break the mould for the next generation of music directors in Britain.

Rattle, Oramo, Nelsons: nobody beats the CBSO for talent-spotting.

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla

(Needless to say, nothing of this showdown has been spotted by UK national media.)


  • stweart says:

    Obviously no media attention ! They have the Bowie death to report. Even WW3 would end up on page 6 or 7