Conductor stepping down from Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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The chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will step down from the post in September 2009.

Ilan Volkov, who was chosen to head the company aged just 26, will pursue a freelance career with the likes of the Washington Symphony and Czech Philharmonic orchestras.

Volkov also recently co-founded a new music club in Israel.

The Israeli, who became a father for the first time with the arrival of his daughter Nadia in August, will keep a connection with the BBC SSO.

He said: “This orchestra is fantastically flexible, they are so versatile and emotionally involved in what they do, it’s been a real, real privilege and a massive thing for me musically.”

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