Just in: Mirga is expecting her second child

Just in: Mirga is expecting her second child


norman lebrecht

February 28, 2020

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has issued a bulletin on its music director:

CBSO Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has shared the following news with us:

I would like to tell you about some happy news in my family. I am pregnant with our second child, with a due date in August. We will need to make some necessary changes in my schedule but I look forward to working together to realize some of our most exciting plans. My family and I are very grateful for your friendship and support.

Major projects and tours during the CBSO’s 2020-21 season will take place as planned, with some modifications to her schedule.

Everyone at the CBSO would like to congratulate Mirga on this exciting news.

Slipped Disc joins warmly in the felicitations.

Mirga, 33, is unmarried and does not disclose the name of her partner, who often travels with her, as do her own parents.

Picture from her first pregnancy in 2018.

Her first child, a boy, was born in August 2018. Mirga decided soon after to withdraw from all guest conducting in order to spend time with the baby. That withdrawal will presumably be extended now for anther year or two.


  • DaveAlkan says:

    Congratulations to her! Amazing musician.

  • Wurtfangler says:

    I don’t really see why anyone should be congratulated for deciding to add an additional burden on the planet’s resources, which we all know (unless a science-denying imbecile [no names]) are beyond breaking point. It is time a serious debate was had about the irresponsibility of choosing to increase the planet’s population and add further to the disaster we are facing.

    • DeepSouthSenior says:

      Some of the comments on this site are far too subtle for me. I’ll take this one for a joke, and remain all the calmer for it.

      • Wurtfangler says:

        “All of our environmental problems become easier to solve with fewer people, and harder – and ultimately impossible – to solve with ever more people.”

        An absolute corker of a joke that, from Sir David Attenborough.

    • Albert Campion says:

      Thanks for that helpful suggestion, Comrade Scrooge. I’ll be sure to pass your comments on to the Corona Virus.

  • Olassus says:

    If this was a much-promoted MALE conductor expecting his second child with a married woman with two young kids by her husband, would Slipped Disc be joining “warmly in the felicitations” or complaining?


    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      It appears you don’t understand the difference between a female and a male. The latter can have a child whilst still conducting (look mummy – no hands!); to my certain knowledge no female ever gave birth whilst conducting an orchestra.

  • Dee Miner says:

    happy for her (and anonymous male) that their obviously healthy private life is bearing fruit and all that, but beyond that… whatever. wont overly miss her whilst she is on mat leave, must be said. she’s not worth the hype that NL gives her.

  • anon says:

    Is she interested in pursuing a career or not?

    I bet she expects to be back exactly where she left off when she comes back, and I bet her orchestra has no choice but to comply.

    If a professional runner took 6 months off, 12 months off, no one expects her competition to wait on the sidelines until she catches up and then resume the race.

  • Ellie says:

    Would you mention if a man who became a father was unmarried? Why is this something that is of interest in this story?

  • prof says:

    She’s on the cover of the new season announcement booklet from Carnegie Hall. So much for that!

  • Alexander Tarak says:

    On s’en fout.