Noseda received the award at a reception at the Italian ambassador's house in London following his July 30 appearance at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, where he led the BBC Philharmonic in Schubert's Symphony No. 9 and Haydn's "Heiligmesse."
Noseda has been principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic since September 2002; his contract there has been extended to 2008. In 1997 he became the first foreign principal guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and between 1999 and 2003 he was principal guest conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. His tenure as principal conductor of the Teatro Regio in Turin begins in 2007.
Noseda was born in Milan, where he studied piano, composition and conducting. Since making his professional conducting debut in 1994, Noseda has appeared with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Swedish Radio Symphony, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony and the Orchestre National de France.
In Italy, he appears regularly with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.