Discover more as guests from the Birmingham Classical 2019/2020 season discuss their lives, programme and influences at these free Pre- and Post- Concert Conversations. All Pre- and Post- Concert Conversations are signed by a British Sign Language interpreter. 

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was named Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in February 2016. Discovered by the German Conducting Forum (Deutsches Dirigentenforum) in April 2009, a native of Vilnius, Lithuania, she was born into a musical family. Before pursuing her studies at the Music Conservatory in Zurich she studied at the Music Conservatory Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in Leipzig and at the Music Conservatory in Bologna, Italy. 

Stephan Meier

Artistic director of BCMG since 2016, percussionist, conductor, composer, and artistic director of Das Neue Ensemble Hannover, Stephan Meier studied percussion and piano in Hannover and The Hague, attended courses with Pierre Boulez, Mauricio Kagel and Luigi Nono, and in conducting with Diego Masson and Peter Eötvös under scholarships from the Centre Acanthes and Foyle Foundation / Cath Collins, Dartington.