YAN PASCAL TORTELIER has been named principal conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, a post recently left vacant by the sudden departure of JOHN NESCHLING, who had led the orchestra for twelve years. The appointment calls for Tortelier to conduct eight programs in São Paulo in 2009 and twelve in 2010. He has just concluded three years as principal guest conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and is currently conductor emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, for which he served as principal conductor from 1992 to 2003. In recent years Tortelier has worked with such European orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Filharmonica della Scala Milan, Radio Filharmonische Orkest Holland, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. North American engagements have included the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony.