Conductors

The LSO is proud to work with its roster of conductors, which is second to none.

Sir Simon Rattle

 

Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE
Music Director

Simon Rattle first appeared with the LSO in October 1977, at the age of 22. He conducted the Orchestra at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and in acclaimed concerts at the Barbican Centre since 2015. Simon Rattle took up his position as Music Director of the LSO in September 2017. He was awarded a Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to music in 1994 and received the Order of Merit in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.

Read Simon Rattle's biography on his Agents' website

Sir Antonio Pappano with the LSO © Liam Hennebry

 

Sir Antonio Pappano
Chief Conductor Designate (from 2023)

The appointment of Sir Antonio Pappano as Chief Conductor from September 2024, becoming Chief Conductor Designate in September 2023, was announced on 30 March 2021. Sir Antonio will conduct the Orchestra in its annual London Barbican Season, where it is Resident Orchestra, and on national and international tours.

Sir Antonio Pappano has been Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, since 2002, and Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome since 2005. In 2012 he was made a Knight of the British Empire for his services to music, and in 2015 he was named the 100th recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal, the body’s highest honour.

Read Antonio Pappano's biography on his Agents' website

Gianandrea Noseda

 

Gianandrea Noseda
Principal Guest Conductor

Widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation, Gianandrea Noseda was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from the 2016/17 season. In the 2017/18 season he also became Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Read Gianandrea Noseda's biography on his website

 

François-Xavier Roth

 

François-Xavier Roth
Principal Guest Conductor

Announced as Principal Guest Conductor from September 2017, François-Xavier Roth has developed a very special relationship with the LSO since winning the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in 2000. He has been involved with the Panufnik Composers Scheme for over ten years and has conducted the Orchestra in the Barbican season every season.

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Michael Tilson Thomas   

Michael Tilson Thomas
Conductor Laureate

A Bernstein protégé, MTT came to the Orchestra as Principal Conductor in 1987, bringing with him his brilliantly devised thematic concert series and his Discovery concert lectures. He subsequently became Principal Guest Conductor, and after more than 40 years with the LSO, stepped up to Conductor Laureate from the 2016/17 season. He conducts the Orchestra every season.

Read Michael Tilson Thomas' biography on his website

Julio García Vico © Matt Crossick

 

Julio García Vico
Assistant Conductor

The position of Assistant Conductor is awarded to the winner of the biennial Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. Julio García Vico was the winner of the 2021 competition.

Read more about Julio on his website

Simon Halsey  

Simon Halsey CBE
Choral Director

Simon Halsey took up the post as the LSO's Choral Director in September 2012, simultaneously becoming the Chorus Director at the London Symphony Chorus and strengthening the partnership between the two. Simon is a sought-after conductor of choral repertoire at the very highest level and an ambassador for choral singing across the world.

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Further reading

> List of Principal Conductors and title holders from 1904 to the present day

> Obituary: Sir Colin Davis
> Obituary: Claudio Abbado