Just in: Mirga, pregnant, cancels summer

Just in: Mirga, pregnant, cancels summer


norman lebrecht

January 27, 2022

The Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė‐Tyla will not see out her farewell performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She is expecting her third child and is taking time out.

Here’s what the CBSO is telling its audience:

We are writing to let you know that our Music Director, Mirga Gražinytė‐Tyla, has recently shared the exciting news with us that she and her partner are expecting another child. We are completely delighted for her and her family, and hope you will join us in sending our congratulations.

Unfortunately, this does mean that she will no longer be available to conduct her planned performances with the CBSO this June. 

We are grateful to Ludovic Morlot (15 & 16 June) and Markus Stenz (22 & 25 June) who will now lead the orchestra in these performances, and we are pleased to confirm that there will be no changes to repertoire or soloists.

Mirga, 35, lives with her unnamed partner and their two sons in Salzburg.

UPDATE: My Way: Mirga rewrites the rules of conducting


  • Player says:

    Wow, her partner is unnamed. That is a first, like, forever.

  • M says:

    Obviously happy for her! And I find it charming in this day and age she keeps her partner ‘unnamed’… why? I have no idea, but I love the fact that she values privacy and is not some oversharing instagram fanatic!

  • dalet says:

    Methinks this will now be her second career, much more rewarding and productive than waving a stick in front of a bunch of masked strangers.

  • Gustavo says:

    The biological facts of life offer a simple explanation why males dominate in all aspects of life that are associated with creativity and cultural (re-)productivity as opposed to fecundity.

    • Maria says:

      Yes, a woman can’t always have their cake and eat it. Bilogy plays a huge factor and there are major choices to be made. Only time tells if a womab gas made the right life choices. Juggle as much as you like. For women, you need to start with the right man to be behind you and will also make a good dad not just a good and compatible husband or partner, or it won’t work. Call me old fashioned but life itself is a great teacher, and you realise it soons runs out.

  • harold stein says:

    This is why women should not be considered for numerous types of jobs.

    Women should pay their employers for time and revenue lost due to a controllable medical event.

  • RW2013 says:

    Would YOU like to be the person identifying as her partner?!

  • Gustav says:

    She will not be missed. Having been supporting the orchestra for over 50 years, I have never been more underwhelmed by its musical chief. I was excited when she first came but she’s hardly been here. Of course, the woke brigade will proclaim her right to have babies etc – fine – but don’t expect me to cheer a conductor who is absent.

  • Cantantelirico says:

    She seems to building her own orchestra.

  • Paul Johnson says:

    I have tickets for her farewell concert. She won’t be there!

    • Ellingtonia says:

      So have I, but I rang the box office and they will refund the cost of tickets if you so wish (which I shall do).

  • bet says:

    In my days, women gave birth in the field then got back up to work.