National Symphony Orchestra Extends Gianandrea Noseda's Contract
In addition to Washington D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), the Milan native is also currently General Music Director at the Zürich Opera House and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to the pandemic, Noseda's choice of repertoire and presence on the podium were beginning to have a noticeable effect on NSO ticket sales. Going into the 2019-2020 season, subscription sales rose by 15%, while ticket sales for individual concerts went up by 20%.
Noseda has made a particular effort to program American music over the course of his NSO tenure, foregrounding composers such as John Adams and Mason Bates. Alongside this endeavor, Noseda has commissioned new works by American composers, such as Brightness of Light by Kevin Puts and An Engraved American Mourning by James Lee III.
"The National Symphony is overjoyed that Gianandrea has extended his tenure as Music Director through 2026-2027," said Gary Ginstling, the NSO's Executive Director.
"Despite the pandemic interruption, Gianandrea and the NSO have made extraordinary artistic strides, and we look forward with tremendous anticipation and excitement to what the next five years will bring."
"Coming to work every day at the Kennedy Center feels like a warm embrace," said Gianandrea Noseda. "I adore this performing arts institution and the people who make it what it is. I adore the artists of this incredible orchestra, and I believe so powerfully in our work and our future together."
"The last five years with the NSO have been the most rewarding partnership I could have imagined," he continued. "We faced challenges together during the pandemic era and persevered. I feel very fortunate to be leading this outstanding orchestra with a great management team for five years more.”