April 23, 1964 - Milan (Italy)
© Tony Hitchcock
Gianandrea Noseda is one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, equally recognized for his artistry in both the concert hall and opera house. The 2023 – 2024 season marks his seventh as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra.
Noseda’s artistic leadership has inspired the National Symphony Orchestra and reinvigorated it both at home at the Kennedy Center and beyond via streams, recordings, and on tour. In April 2023, Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra returned to Carnegie Hall for a critically acclaimed performance, the first New York performances since 2019 when they received rave reviews both at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. They return to Carnegie Hall in February 2024 prior to embarking on their first international tour of Noseda’s tenure which will include performances in Spain, Germany and a homecoming for Noseda when he brings the NSO to La Scala in Milan, the place of his birth.
The artistic partnership between Noseda and the NSO continues to flourish with the NSO recording label distributed by LSO Live for which Noseda also records as principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. The first recording on the label was released in 2020 featuring Dvořák’s Symphony No 9 and Copland’s Billy the Kid. The label’s ongoing releases in 2023/24 include the first complete recording of Washington, D.C. native George Walker’s Five Sinfonias and the NSO’s first-ever recorded Beethoven Cycle.
In April 2023, Noseda announced that he was the owner of historic Italian string instruments that have been on loan to the NSO since 2019. He is committed to reinvesting in his musical art form and sharing these special instruments with his artistic colleagues.
Noseda became General Music Director of the Zurich Opera House in September 2021. In 2022, his initial four-year contract was extended through the 2027 – 2028 season. An important milestone for Noseda will be his first performances of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in May 2024 in a new production by Andreas Homoki. Since April 2022, his performances of each individual Ring opera have been praised by critics. In February 2023 the jury of the German OPER!AWARDS recognized Noseda as “Best Conductor” specifically citing his interpretations of the first two Ring operas.
Nurturing the next generation of artists is important to Noseda, as evidenced by his ongoing work in masterclasses and tours with youth orchestras, including the European Union Youth Orchestra. In 2019 he became Music Director of the Tsinandali Festival and Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra in the village of Tsinandali, Georgia.
From 2007 until 2018, Noseda served as Music Director of Italy’s Teatro Regio Torino where he ushered in a transformative era for the company matched with international acclaim for its productions, tours, recordings, and film projects. His leadership resulted in a golden era for this opera house.
Other institutions where Noseda has had significant roles include the BBC Philharmonic which he led from 2002–2011; Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra from 2011–2020; the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where the Victor de Sabata Chair was created for him as principal guest conductor from 2010–2014; and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, which appointed him its first-ever foreign principal guest conductor in 1997, a position he held for a decade. He served as Artistic Director of the Stresa Festival from 2000–2020. He was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 1999 to 2003; Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI from 2003 to 2006; and Principal Conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra from 1994 to 2020.
Noseda has conducted the most important orchestras and at the leading opera houses and festivals including the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival, La Scala, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Met Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Opera House (UK), Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera, and Vienna Symphony.
Noseda’s intense recording activity counts more than 70 albums on Chandos, Deutsche Grammophon, LSO Live and other labels, many of which have been celebrated by critics and received awards. He has made numerous recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra and is in the midst of a multi-year project to record the complete Prokofiev and Shostakovich Symphonies. In 2023, Symphonies No. 7 and 8 by Dvořák marked Noseda’s first recording with the Philharmonia Zurich, the orchestra of the Zurich Opera House. Noseda is a champion of works by neglected Italian composers through his Musica Italiana recordings for Chandos which have been celebrated for reestablishing the artistic reputations of many composers.
Gianandrea Noseda’s relationship with the Metropolitan Opera dates back to 2002. At the Met he has conducted 13 operas and nearly 100 performances mostly new productions. Many of his acclaimed performances have been broadcast on radio, Met Live in HD, and released as DVDs.
A native of Milan, Noseda is Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, marking his contribution to the artistic life of Italy. He has been honored as Musical America’s Conductor of the Year (2015) and International Opera Awards Conductor of the Year (2016). In 2016, he was privileged to conduct the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm. In 2023 he received the Puccini Award whose past recipients include legendary opera stars Maria Callas, Birgit Nillson and Luciano Pavarotti.
Updated August 2023