Via Twitter, the immensely talented Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has been named the next music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, succeeding Andris Nelsons. (You know where HE is now.) She (MUSIC TO MY EARS, that pronoun) takes the position in September, 2016. She's currently assistant conductor of the LAPO and will become associate conductor there later this year.
The rumors I heard last year about Edward Gardner were wrong; I'd heard more recently in comments here that she was under consideration for the job.
To answer a question that has crossed my own mind: MEER-gah grah-zhee-NEE-teh tee-LA.
Updated list of open spots:
- Dallas Symphony Orchestra (when Jaap van Zweden takes up his new post at the NYPO in 2018)
- Milwaukee Symphony
- Hong Kong Philharmonic
- Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
- San Diego Symphony
- Orchestra Nationale de France
- Vienna Staatsoper / VPO (Dominique Meyer not planning to appoint a WSO MD; his contract expires in 2020.)
- City of Birmingham SO; Mirga Grazintye-Tyla appointed, 2/4/2016
- New York Philharmonic; Jaap Van Zweden appointed, 1/27/16, succeeding Alan Gilbert
- National Symphony Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda appointed, 1/4/2016, succeeding Christoph Eschenbach.
- Leipzig Gewandhaus: Andris Nelsons appointed, 9/9/2015
- LSO: Simon Rattle appointed, 3/2/2015
- Orchestra de Paris: Daniel Harding, 6/11/2015
- Berlin Philharmonic: Kirill Petrenko appointed, 6/22/2015
- BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard succeeds Donald Runnicles in September, 2016