The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is delighted to announce that its Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has extended her contract with the orchestra for a further two years until summer 2021.

Since her appointment in February 2016 for an initial three years, Gražinytė-Tyla has received global attention for her dynamic conducting style and innovative artistic projects with the CBSO, including a critically acclaimed Debussy Festival in March of this year, the largest event of its kind in the world. The Guardian recently described the CBSO as ‘on a new high’ under her direction.

Looking ahead, the orchestra will be commemorating its centenary in 2020 with a series of special artistic projects and tours led by Gražinytė-Tyla.

Stephen Maddock OBE, CBSO Chief Executive, commented “The CBSO’s partnership with Mirga has gone from strength to strength and we are very excited about our future artistic plans and collaboration in the run up to our centenary celebrations”.

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla added “I am very happy to be continuing my musical adventures with the wonderful CBSO family”.

The position of Music Director is generously supported by John Osborn.

The CBSO has recently announced its 2018-19 season, with highlights including the Baltic Way, in which Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla marks the centenary of the establishment of the Baltic States in 2018, and 30 years since their liberation in 2019, with 23 themed concerts and events celebrating the music and culture of the Baltic region. Priority booking is now open for the CBSO 2018-19 season, with public booking opening on Monday 4 June.

Full season details can be found at


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