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L.A. Phil’s former associate conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla tests positive for the coronavirus

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, formerly associate conductor at the L.A. Phil, photographed in Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, formerly associate conductor at the L.A. Phil, photographed in Walt Disney Concert Hall.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, the beloved former associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has tested positive for the novel corinavirus.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where Grazinyte-Tyla was appointed music director in 2016, said the conductor was recovering at home. All 10 concerts on the British orchestra’s European tour have been canceled.

On Feb. 28, Grazinyte-Tyla announced she was pregnant with her second child and due in August.

At the L.A. Phil, Grazinyte-Tyla was assistant conductor for the 2014-2016 seasons and promoted to associate conductor for 2016-17 before landing the Birmingham post, seen as a key appointment for rising talent. Among those who have been music director at Birmingham is Simon Rattle, now music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Last year, Times critic Mark Swed called Grazinyte-Tyla’s recording of two symphonies by Mieczyslaw Weinberg an instant classic. “Grazinyte-Tyla has taken the city of Birmingham and its orchestra by storm, and the playing is gorgeous,” Swed wrote.

Less than a day after announcing they’re still open for business, some major Los Angeles arts companies are closing because of the coronavirus.


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