Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda has accepted the position of chief guest conductor at the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO). Noseda will take over the role from Romanian conductor Yoel Levi who has held the post since 2002 and will join principal conductor Zubin Mehta in leading the ensemble in several concerts during the 2011-2012 season.
'I am honoured to have the chance to give continuity to my musical relationship with the members of the IPO,' says Noseda. 'To be a part of this great orchestra’s musical history and future is humbling for me. I thank Maestro Mehta, the orchestra and the administration for this exciting opportunity'.
The move to the Tel Aviv-based Orchestra comes a month after Noseda stepped down from his position as principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, which will be filled by Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena in September. Noseda will continue to work with the Teatro Regio de Torino, where he has held the title of music director since 2007.
Founded in 1936 as the Palestine Orchestra, the ensemble changed its name to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra after the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.