Just in: Mirga goes to Sweden

Just in: Mirga goes to Sweden


norman lebrecht

February 16, 2021

The outgoing music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will make a surprise debut next week with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Press release:

We are proud to announce that Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, or simply ”Mirga” to enthusiastic audiences all around, will conduct the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time. The concert is livestreamed for free from Konserthuset Stockholm on Thursday February 25 (no login required).

Swedish orchestras have been interim launchpads for several international careers, notably Gustavo Dudamel and Alan Gilbert.

Here are some more Swedish blooms:

Esa-Pekka Salonen (principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1984 to 1995)

Franz Welser-Möst (principal conductor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1991)

Paavo Järvi (principal conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 1998 and later also associated with Royal Stockholm SO)

Daniel Harding (Principal conductor of Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2007)


  • New Yorker says:

    “Alan Gilbert” lol.

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    At last!

  • Gustavo says:

    Gennady Rozhdestvensky (RSPO 1974–1977 & 1991–1995)

  • DB says:

    Isn’t Birmingham a worthy launchpad of itself?

    • V.Lind says:

      Doesn’t Birmingham consider itself a destination orchestra by now?

    • MWnyc says:

      I was going to say that. And Mirga already has an international career.

      As for Birmingham being a “destination” orchestra, I don’t think it is, and I suspect it doesn’t see itself as, an orchestra that would be a capstone of a conductor’s career the way that the American “Big Seven” and, say, the LSO, Berlin Phil, Concertgebouw, and Bavarian Radio SO would be. (And yes, there are other orchestras that could be on that list as well.)

      I think the CBSO is more like the Pittsburgh Symphony — an orchestra whose music director’s next job tends to be one of the top jobs in the world.

      • Don Pasquale says:

        I don’t think the audience in Birmingham really cares about that title because they are privy to some wonderful conductors,great musicians and fantastic concerts. There’s also another point which is the CBSO like the RSNO and the Halle are rooted in their community. I leave the so called Big Seven and other names for musical tourists.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Andrew Manze, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra 2006-2014.

  • RW2013 says:

    And Deborah still hasn’t called?

  • henry williams says:

    how can she leave her young children. unless she takes
    them along for the ride.

  • msc says:

    Not sure why he hasn’t been mentioned yet, but Ticciati in Gävle 2006-09.

  • Gustavo says:

    Neeme Järvi (GSO 1982–2004)

    How a launchpad became a homestead.

    This kind of continuity is crucial for any cultural establishment. But continuity is currently not supported by an increasingly impatient self-enamoured Twitter-society that strives for constant change.

  • MacroV says:

    Nobody should talk about the major Swedish orchestras as “launchpads.” Maybe they’re a little too far north so get overlooked sometimes, but the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Goteborg Symphony, and I assume the Swedish Radio Symphony are absolutely world-class orchestras. I even heard the Helsingborg SO on tour a couple years ago and they were outstanding. And who wouldn’t want to live/work in Stockholm?

    Anyway, good for Mirga; another top engagement to burnish her growing resume.

  • Edgar says:

    Tu, felix Suecia!!!