Gianandrea Noseda, 51, one of today’s most outstanding conductors and Musical America’s 2015 Conductor of the Year, will become the seventh Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) beginning with the 2017-2018 season.
“I am honored to become a part of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center family, said Maestro Noseda, “and look forward to a partnership that will yield great musical memories for us and our audiences.” The initial agreement for the NSO Music Directorship is for five years, with Maestro Noseda
serving as Music Director Designate in the 2016-2017 season, and then for four seasons as Music Director.
Noseda, 51, is widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation. His appointment as Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino in 2007 ushered in a transformative era for the company matched with international acclaim for productions, tours, recordings, and film projects. His initiatives have propelled the Teatro Regio Torino onto the global stage, where it has become one of Italy’s most important cultural ambassadors. Maestro Noseda is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués, and Artistic Director of the Stresa Festival located on the shores of Lago Maggiore and among the oldest musical festivals in Italy. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai from 2003 to 2006 and was the BBC Philharmonic’s Chief Conductor from 2002 to 2011. In 1997, he was appointed the first foreign Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, a position he held for a decade.
In addition to debuts noted above, additional highlights of the 2015-2016 season have included performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra in addition to his return to the Verbier Festival. He also made his debut at the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival with the Filarmonica Teatro Regio Torino. His commitment to young musicians continued with the European Union Youth Orchestra’s European Tour in August 2015, which included concerts at the Edinburgh and Grafenegg Festivals. Maestro Noseda’s intense recording activity counts over 50 CDs, many of which have been celebrated by critics and received awards. His Musica Italiana project, which he initiated over ten years ago, has chronicled underappreciated Italian repertoire of the 20th century and brought to light many masterpieces. Conducting the Vienna Philharmonic and the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino he has also recorded opera albums with celebrated vocalists such as Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, Rolando Villazón, Anna Netrebko, and Diana Damrau.
A native of Milan, Maestro Noseda is Cavaliere Ufficiale al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, marking his contribution to the artistic life of Italy. In 2015, he was honored as Musical America’sConductor of the Year.