Conductor Gianandrea Noseda (1964) was born in Milan and studied conducting with Donato Renzetti, Myung-whun Chung and Valery Gergiev. He also studied piano and composition. He has been awarded the title of Cavaliere Ufficiale al Merito della Repubblica Italiana for his services to Italian art. In 2015, he was named Conductor of the Year by Musical America magazine, and in 2016 he won Best Conductor at the International Opera Awards.
He is currently Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He is Principal Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués, Catalonia, and the Stresa Festival in Italy. In July 2018, the Zurich Opera House announced that he would be the next General Music Director as of the 2021/2022 season, and it is already known that the main event of this season will be a new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Meanwhile, when Noseda was confirmed as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Head Conductor 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”.
Other orchestral musicians value Noseda’s exacting work and ability to perform characterful, inspiring music.
Noseda has conducted the world’s most famous orchestras: the Berlin, Munich and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the orchestras of Cleveland and Philadelphia, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre National de France, the Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras of Vienna, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has conducted at La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House, the Salzburg Festival and the Zurich Opera House. He was Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino between 2007 and 2018, and during this period the opera house gained international recognition with its productions, recordings and film projects.
Noseda has been Artistic Director of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Head Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg – the first foreigner to appointed to this role (1997-2007). He has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI.
Noseda has always worked to ensure the futures of the next generation of musicians – he regularly gives masterclasses and goes on concert tours with youth orchestras, including the European Union Youth Orchestra. “With the youngsters, it’s fun, because they are full of energy: They keep you up . . . [If] you come a little bit tired, they smile to you, they say good things, they start to sing. You immediately feel like you are a teenager again,” said Noseda once to the Washington Post of his experiences on tour. “What is very demanding when you tour with any orchestra is the fact that you take a limited repertoire, and you repeat it, sometimes 10 times. You have to find ways not to get bored with the same programs: to make each concert exciting for the new audience that will hear it… With the established orchestras, it depends very much on the conductor to motivate [them]; if I’m tired, that means they are tired, too.”
Noseda was recently appointed Music Director of the newly-created Tsinandali Festival and Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra. The Tsinandali Festival will take place for the first time in a small Georgian village this autumn.
“So far, I have a good memory — just cross my fingers. And there’s also this ability to learn and not lose interest in learning new things. If I become lazy and think, ‘Oh, come on, it’s enough now,’ because it’s a tough job to learn new things — I’m done. But I like it. I like it, because I think there I found the truth those big geniuses, [the composers,] tried to put on the paper. Their truth, their message and what they wanted to convey. Is fascinating, because it seems to me I’m touching gold.” he says in the same Washington Post interview. And, when asked about frequently performed repertoire, such as the Verdi Requiem, he adds: “It is good for the soul to reopen the score. And most of the time, good music surprises you. You can still find an element you never noticed. . . . ‘I’ve done this probably 50 times in my life, and I’ve never seen this. . . .’”
Noseda has recorded more than 60 albums, many of which have received both critical acclaim and awards. More than ten years ago, he founded Musica Italiana, a project in which he documented little-known 20th century Italian music, bringing many masterpieces to light. His discography includes albums of Prokofiev, Dallapiccola, Dvořák, Liszt, Karłowicz, Casella, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Respighi. Along with the Vienna Philharmonic and Turin’s Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, he has recorded albums with opera stars Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Rolando Villazón, Anna Netrebko and Diana Damrau.