Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has signed to Deutsche Grammophon.
The Lithuanian conductor, who is music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), becomes the first female conductor to sign a long-term contract with the label.
Gražinytė-Tyla will release her debut album in May, a collection of orchestral works by Polish composer Mieczysław Weinberg whose centenary falls this year.
She will go on to present music by Raminta Šerkšnytė with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Vilnius Municipal Choir and Kremerata Baltica.
‘Deutsche Grammophon was part of my musical upbringing,’ she said. ‘It’s a genuine honour to join DG and to record works that will be new to so many listeners. The music of Mieczysław Weinberg and Raminta Šerkšnytė, a rising star among Lithuanian composers, deserves to reach the widest possible audience.
‘It’s very exciting that our partnership will document some of the musical adventures that the fabulous CBSO and I are about to embark on together and will celebrate the orchestra’s centenary with an album of landmarks of 20th-century British music.’
Dr Clemens Trautmann, president of DG, said: ‘Mirga is a very special musician, someone whose passion and commitment is communicated with irresistible eloquence. She has made a profound impression with the CBSO, introducing new repertoire and shining new light on works from the symphonic mainstream. I’m sure her first DG recordings will reach out to new audiences and set benchmarks for innovative programming.’