Gražinytė-Tyla made her debut with the CBSO in July 2015 and impressed the Orchestra so much that she returned last month to conduct a specially arranged concert featuring works by Debussy, Schumann and Sibelius. Following an extensive search process led by a committee made up of CBSO musicians, board members and management, and with strong support from Orchestra and audience alike, a unanimous decision was made by the board of trustees to invite Gražinytė-Tyla to be the CBSO’s next Music Director. She succeeds Andris Nelsons, who held the position from 2008-2015.
The CBSO is known for performing the widest range of orchestral and choral music, and Gražinytė-Tyla will continue this tradition in her role as Music Director. Her artistic plans with the CBSO will range widely from Mozart and Haydn to 20th century classics and works by living composers. Coming from the strong choral traditions of the Baltic states (her father is a choir conductor in Lithuania), and following her role in Salzburg, she will also lead opera projects in Birmingham and will work closely with Simon Halsey CBE, CBSO Chorus Director, on projects with the CBSO’s internationally renowned choruses. Full details of the CBSO’s 2016-17 concert season in Symphony Hall, Birmingham will be announced in April 2016.
Previous CBSO Chief Conductors and Music Directors:
Appleby Matthews (1920 – 1924), Sir Adrian Boult (1924 – 1930) (1959-1960), Leslie Heward (1930 – 1943), George Weldon (1944 – 1951), Rudolf Schwarz (1951 – 1957), Sir Andrzej Panufnik (1957 – 1959), Hugo Rignold (1960-1969), Louis Frémaux (1969 – 1978), Sir Simon Rattle (1980 – 1998), Sakari Oramo (1998 – 2008), Andris Nelsons (2008 – 2015)