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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