Gianandrea Noseda joins Daniel Harding and becomes Principal Guest Conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas’ relationship with the orchestra strengthens as his title changes from Principal Guest Conductor to Conductor Laureate, and Andre Previn becomes Conductor Emeritus. Sir Simon Rattle is now officially Music Director designate and becomes Music Director of the LSO from September 2017.
Michael Tilson Thomas’ London debut with the LSO was when he stepped 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 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. Michael 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.
Michael 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!”