The CBSO has revealed it will appoint Lithuanian conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla as its next Music Director.

The 30-year-old replaces Andris Nelsons, who left CBSO to become music director of Boston Symphony Orchestra last year after seven years in the role.

The Birmingham Post predicted Grazinyte-Tyla was the likely successor to Nelsons after she was invited to a hastily arranged concert last month after impressing the orchestra during a performance in July 2015.

She will be the 12th Music Director of the orchestra, taking up her role in September 2016 for an initial three-year period.

The only other woman ever to have been principal conductor of a major British orchestra was Marin Alsop at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

She and follows in the footsteps of a long line of heavyweights including Sir Simon Rattle and Sakari Oramo.

Her artistic plans with the CBSO will range widely from Mozart and Haydn to 20th century classics and works by living composers.

Following her role in Salzburg, she will also lead opera projects in Birmingham and will work closely with Simon Halsey, CBSO Chorus Director, on projects with the CBSO’s choruses.

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Grazinyte-Tyla has come to the attention of several notable conductors, including the great Kurt Masur, who died recently, and Gustavo Dudamel. Dudamel himself was a hot candidate to succeed Sakari Oramo.

Speaking about the appointment, she said: “Every single musician of the CBSO is an artist with great individuality and sense of responsibility.

“They are driven to be one of the world’s leading orchestras and their shared spirit for team work helps them to achieve this. I felt so at ease working with the Orchestra at the CBSO Centre and at Symphony Hall and I can’t wait to get started and to call these my homes too. I am also very excited about working with the CBSO family including its brilliant choirs led by Simon Halsey, and getting involved with its extensive learning and participation programme both locally and further afield. I believe we will be a great team and really look forward to making music together.”

Grazinyte-Tyla has been Music Director of the Salzburg Landestheater since 2015. She is currently the assistant conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she was a Dudamel Fellow in 2012-13, and she takes up a new post of Associate Conductor from July 2016. She won the prestigious Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in 2012.

Gustavo Dudamel, Music and Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, said: “I am personally delighted that Mirga has made such a strong connection with the musicians in Birmingham. She is an amazing artist, and we’ve been lucky to have her in Los Angeles. I know that she and this orchestra are going to do great things together.”