Mirga: ‘I had rehearsals instead of kindergarten’

Mirga: ‘I had rehearsals instead of kindergarten’


norman lebrecht

May 09, 2016

Birmingham’s incoming music director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, has come up with a vivid recollection of growing up as the child of professional musicians:

My father is a choral conductor and my mother a pianist. They wanted to steer me away from music, thinking that it’s not a secure profession. But they took me along to their rehearsals anyway, to concerts and conducting lessons. I had that instead of kindergarten. Then at one point, music was the only profession I could imagine. And as a conductor, you’re simultaneously with music and with people. Both are very important to me.

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  • Ben says:

    Oh all this Mirga talk is too much. Please do her a favour and give it a rest for a little while and allow her just to start her job in a few months without us all being sick and tired of hearing her name…!

  • MDS says:

    So cute!