Gergiev, who is also artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, and music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, succeeds Colin Davis as the LSO's principal conductor in January 2007; Davis, who has held the position since 1995, will become president.
In his first appearance as principal conductor, in January 2007, Gergiev will lead Sofia Gubaidulina's Offertorium as part of a BBC mini-festival celebrating the Russian composer. Subsequent appearances will include rarely heard works including Prokofiev's Seven They Are Seven, Stravinsky's King of the Stars, and Debussy's First Rhapsody for Clarinet.
The 2006-07 season also marks the debut of the young conductor Daniel Harding as one of the LSO's two principal guest conductors (Michael Tilson Thomas is the other). The orchestra will dedicate a concert series to him in spring 2007 titled "Daniel Harding: A Portrait."
Other highlights include a season-long series of Mozart piano concerts, with Evgeny Kissin, Leif Ove Andnes, Alfred Brendel, Emanuel Ax, Mitsuko Uchida, and Piotr Anderszewski as soloists; series dedicated to composers Steve Reich and John Adams (Adams will lead his own On the Transmigration of Souls); concerts marking the 25th anniversary of the Barbican Centre; and tours to Paris, New York, Spain, Belgium, and Germany, as well as a lengthy trip to Asia led by Harding.
Guest conductors include Antonio Pappano, Richard Hickox, Mark Elder, and Yan Pascal Tortelier.