The LSO is proud to work with its roster of conductors, which is second to none.

Sir Simon Rattle


Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE
Music Director

Simon Rattle first appeared with the LSO in October 1977, at the age of 22. He conducted the Orchestra at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and in acclaimed concerts at the Barbican Centre since 2015. Simon Rattle took up his position as Music Director of the LSO in September 2017. He was awarded a Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to music in 1994 and received the Order of Merit in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.

Read Simon Rattle's biography on his Agents' website

Sir Antonio Pappano with the LSO © Liam Hennebry


Sir Antonio Pappano
Chief Conductor Designate (from 2023)

The appointment of Sir Antonio Pappano as Chief Conductor from September 2024, becoming Chief Conductor Designate in September 2023, was announced on 30 March 2021. Sir Antonio will conduct the Orchestra in its annual London Barbican Season, where it is Resident Orchestra, and on national and international tours.

Sir Antonio Pappano has been Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, since 2002, and Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome since 2005. In 2012 he was made a Knight of the British Empire for his services to music, and in 2015 he was named the 100th recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal, the body’s highest honour.

Read Antonio Pappano's biography on his Agents' website

Gianandrea Noseda


Gianandrea Noseda
Principal Guest Conductor

Widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation, Gianandrea Noseda was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from the 2016/17 season. In the 2017/18 season he also became Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Read Gianandrea Noseda's biography on his website


François-Xavier Roth


François-Xavier Roth
Principal Guest Conductor

Announced as Principal Guest Conductor from September 2017, François-Xavier Roth has developed a very special relationship with the LSO since winning the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in 2000. He has been involved with the Panufnik Composers Scheme for over ten years and has conducted the Orchestra in the Barbican season every season.

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Michael Tilson Thomas   

Michael Tilson Thomas
Conductor Laureate

A Bernstein protégé, MTT came to the Orchestra as 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 after more than 40 years with the LSO, stepped up to Conductor Laureate from the 2016/17 season. He conducts the Orchestra every season.

Read Michael Tilson Thomas' biography on his website

Barbara Hannigan credit Marco Borggreve  

Barbara Hannigan
Associate Artist

Barbara Hannigan took up the newly-created post of Associate Artist in February 2022 for a three year term, in which she will create entertaining and stimulating concert programmes challenging how orchestral music is presented and played. The LSO also shares Barbara’s passion for supporting young artists and providing them with new opportunities.

Read Barbara Hannigans's biography on her website


André J Thomas
Associate Artist

André J Thomas was appointed Associate Artist for three years in May 2022. During his tenure he will expand the canvas of musical styles the LSO explores, including the great American gospel tradition, and introduce more of the emerging Afro-American composing talent to audiences in the UK.

Read André J Thomas's biography on his website

Julio García Vico © Matt Crossick


Julio García Vico
Assistant Conductor

The position of Assistant Conductor is awarded to the winner of the biennial Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. Julio García Vico was the winner of the 2021 competition.

Read more about Julio on his website

Simon Halsey  

Simon Halsey CBE
Choral Director

Simon Halsey took up the post as the LSO's Choral Director in September 2012, simultaneously becoming the Chorus Director at the London Symphony Chorus and strengthening the partnership between the two. Simon is a sought-after conductor of choral repertoire at the very highest level and an ambassador for choral singing across the world.

Read Simon Halsey's biography on his Agents' website


Further reading

> List of Principal Conductors and title holders from 1904 to the present day

> Obituary: Sir Colin Davis
> Obituary: Claudio Abbado