Temirkanov, who has led the orchestra since 1999-2000, will become conductor emeritus after his departure, and is expected to return for a few weeks in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
The conductor told the Sun that he was anxious to spend more time in St. Petersburg, where he directs the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He added that he was leaving an improved ensemble. "There have been some very good changes in the orchestra," he said. "It is now a better orchestra for tomorrow."