Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Tests Positive for Coronavirus

By Francisco Salazar

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a press release the CBSO stated, “Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the restrictions on large-scale events in countries right across Europe, all ten concerts on the CBSO’s European tour this month have been cancelled by the venues we were due to visit. In line with UK government advice, there are currently no changes planned for the orchestra’s UK concerts. CBSO Centre will also remain open. We will of course continue to follow UK government, NHS and WHO advice, and will react to any changing situations as required.”

The orchestra added “We have also recently been informed that our Music Director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, has just tested positive for COVID-19. Mirga is recovering in self-isolation at home. The CBSO are following advice from Public Health England and all staff and orchestra members have been informed. We would like to wish Mirga a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her when she is next with us in May.”

Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO were on a tour in Europe where they were expected to perform in Vienna, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris, and Dortmund, among others. The concerts were canceled due to venues and halls closing in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Lithuanian conductor has worked with the Seattle and San Diego symphonies and Juilliard Orchestra as well as the Bavarian Radio, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony as well as the Chamber Orchestras of Vienna, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg, among others.