London Symphony Orchestra announces changes to its family of conductors from the 2016/17 season


  • Gianandrea Noseda becomes Principal Guest Conductor

  • Michael Tilson Thomas becomes Conductor Laureate

  • André Previn becomes Conductor Emeritus

The London Symphony Orchestra today announces exciting changes to its line-up of conductors, taking effect from the 2016/17 season. Gianandrea Noseda joins Daniel Harding as Principal Guest Conductor; Michael Tilson Thomas becomes Conductor Laureate; and André Previn becomes Conductor Emeritus.

Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the LSO said: 'The LSO warmly welcomes Gianandrea Noseda as Principal Guest Conductor, joining Daniel Harding, and that Michael Tilson Thomas and André Previn, who both have a long and illustrious history with the LSO, will strengthen their bond as Conductors Laureate and Emeritus respectively. Following our appointment of Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director from 2017/18 these changes bring together a world-class family of conductors, including our Assistant Conductor Elim Chan, who will bring the richest music-making to the LSO’s audiences around the world in the years ahead.'

Lennox Mackenzie, LSO Chairman and Sub-Leader, said: 'I am so delighted that Gianandrea Noseda has agreed to become Principal Guest Conductor of the LSO alongside Daniel Harding. Gianandrea forever displays extraordinary energy and passion in his music-making and inspires our Orchestra to thrilling, moving and memorable concerts. I am always so impressed with his total commitment to rigorously scrutinising and following the composers’ wishes before adding his engaging interpretation. We have so many fond memories of music-making with him already, exhibiting an amazingly eclectic repertoire. I am also thrilled that our relationships with Michael Tilson Thomas and André Previn in their new roles of Conductor Laureate and Conductor Emeritus continue to thrive with exciting plans for the future. Their prodigious musical gifts apart, they truly are great friends of the LSO.'

Gianandrea Noseda said: 'It’s a privilege for me to become a part of one of the greatest orchestras in the world. I felt an immediate connection with the artists in the LSO during our first meeting in 2008. Together we have pursued the highest possible level of music-making which is the ultimate aim for any musician. Since then we have explored the widest possible repertoire including Britten’s War Requiem, Verdi’s Rigoletto, the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s Equal Voices and music by Beethoven, Berg, Mahler, Shostakovich and many others. I have always appreciated the versatility of the LSO artists which along with their integrity and commitment, both in rehearsal and concert, makes any performance a special and unique experience. I am thrilled that this appointment gives me many more opportunities to continue developing our relationship and to achieve even more remarkable results in the months and years ahead.'

Michael Tilson Thomas said: 'I am honoured to accept the title of Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. Making music with the Orchestra for over 40 years has been one of the great joys of my life. I am delighted that we will continue our close working relationship into the future.'

Sir Simon Rattle said: 'I am delighted that Gianandrea will become an even closer member of the LSO family. I have long admired his music-making, with its unusual marriage of lyricism and drama – and he is such a Mensch that I am sure it will be a very happy relationship going forward!'

Gianandrea Noseda has forged a dynamic relationship with the LSO since his debut in 2008 and especially since his acclaimed performances and LSO Live recording of Britten’s War Requiem in 2011, when he stepped in at a few weeks’ notice to ease the schedule of Sir Colin Davis. An acclaimed production of Verdi’s Rigoletto with the LSO at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2013 and a performance of a major new work by Sally Beamish in 2014, marking 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, paved the way for the LSO to invite Noseda to open its 2016/17 season at the Barbican with performances of Verdi’s Requiem and to lead its annual Residency at New York’s Lincoln Center in October 2016.

Michael Tilson Thomas’ London debut was with the LSO, stepping in for an indisposed Gennady Rozhdestvensky on 12 May 1970 at the Royal Festival Hall. He returned two years later for his first BBC Prom and went on to become a regular visitor to the LSO podium. The relationship between Orchestra and conductor matured over the next 15 years. He became the LSO’s 13th Principal Conductor in 1987, bringing with him his brilliantly devised thematic concert series and his Discovery concert lectures. He subsequently became Principal Guest Conductor and conducts the Orchestra every season. Last year he celebrated his 70th Birthday with the LSO in a major 11-date tour to New York and the West Coast of the US. Tilson Thomas has worked regularly with the LSO for almost half a century, making theirs one of the most significant creative relationships in the Orchestra’s history.

André Previn’s LSO debut came in 1964. An extraordinarily versatile conductor and composer, and multiple-Oscar-winner for his film scores, Previn became the LSO’s Principal Conductor in 1968. He remained in post for 11 and a half years during which time he championed the work of British composers, as well as the music of Messiaen and Stravinsky. Together, they also inspired a new generation of music lovers with the BBC TV series André Previn’s Music Night, and brought the LSO into the national consciousness like never before with an appearance on the 1971 Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special.

The full family of LSO conductors is as follows:

Sir Simon Rattle: Music Director (from 2017/18)
Daniel Harding: Principal Guest Conductor
Gianandrea Noseda: Principal Guest Conductor (from 2016/17)
Michael Tilson Thomas: Conductor Laureate (from 2016/17)
André Previn: Conductor Emeritus (from 2016/17)
Elim Chan: Assistant Conductor



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About the London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was established in 1904 and has a unique ethos. As a musical collective, it is built on artistic ownership and partnership. With an inimitable signature sound, the LSO’s mission is to bring the greatest music to the greatest number of people. Through LSO Discovery, it is a pioneer of music education, offering musical experiences to 60,000 people every year. With the formation of its own recording label LSO Live in 1999 the LSO pioneered a revolution in recording live orchestral music. The LSO strives to embrace new digital technologies – having successfully moved into digital film, Blu-Ray Audio, downloads and streaming – and it continues to innovate with platforms such as LSO Play, a web-based video player that allows people to observe the Orchestra from different angles. The LSO is also a highly successful creative enterprise, with 75% of all funding self-generated.