Nagano has headed the MSO since 2006. “Following a decade and a half as music director, it seems like a natural transition point at which to change the nature of our relationship and we are presently enjoying creative discussions about the directions in which that could lead,” he said in a statement. As international orchestras map out their seasons years in advance, management says it will move quickly to establish a plan to select Nagano’s successor. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The California-born maestro and the orchestra will continue to collaborate on various projects beyond 2020. The orchestra wanted Nagano to stay on as music director.