National Symphony Orchestra Extends Music Director’s Contract

By Francisco Salazar

Washington D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra has extended its music director Gianandrea Noseda’s contract.

Noseda will continue with the orchestra for an additional two seasons, through the 2026-2027 season, his tenth at the helm of the NSO.

The conductor began his tenure in September 2017 when he conducted his inaugural gala concert as Music Director, featuring artists Yo-Yo Ma and Cynthia Erivo.

In a statement, Gary Ginstling, NSO Executive Director, said, “The National Symphony is overjoyed that Gianandrea has extended his tenure as Music Director through 2026-2027. 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.”

Noseda added, “Coming to work every day at the Kennedy Center feels like a warm embrace. 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. Everything seems musically and artistically possible. There is an energy-a vivacity-that emanates from the musicians in this orchestra and our audiences throughout the community. This is an orchestra ready to take risks, they are eager to explore new repertoire together, and they bring and sustain such goodwill to both me and the audiences, night after night. The last five years with the NSO have been the most rewarding partnership I could have imagined. 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.”

Noseda is also the Music Director of the Opernhaus Zürich and has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Regio di Torino, and Israel Philharmonic, among others.