Mirga: ‘Mothers come up and thank me’

From Fiona Maddocks’s shrewd, empathetic Guardian interview with the incoming music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra:

Given her own background, as well as the long tradition of openness toward female composers and conductors in the Baltic nations, Gražinytė-Tyla cannot quite grasp the fuss being made about her sex. “But I accept I must still be a cheerleader,” she says. “Mothers come up to me and thank me for setting an example to their daughters. And I am happy to take that responsibility. I grew up without imagining any problems. I hope those who come after me will think it quite normal.”

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