NewPhil Orchestra

Music Director

FRANCISCO NOYA was appointed as New Philharmonia’s Music Director in 2016.  He also is Resident Conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music Director of Boston Civic Symphony.   An interpreter and educator with broad musical interests, Francisco is also on the conducting faculty at the Berklee College of Music. From 2008 to 2017, he was the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. In that capacity, Francisco led the orchestra through a repertoire that not only included masterworks from the standard symphonic repertoire but also explored its potential in collaborations involving deejays and cutting-edge technology.

Francisco began his professional career in his native Venezuela as conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Valencia, one of the original ensembles of an internationally admired educational and performing program that promotes social development through music. As a charter member of the program, Francisco also has held masterclasses for young conductors and collaborated in the training of the youth orchestras.

After earning advanced degrees in composition and conducting from Boston University, Francisco was appointed assistant conductor of the Caracas Philharmonic and assistant to the music director of the Teatro Teresa Carreño, one of the most important halls in Latin America. Upon his return to the United States, he served as music director of the Empire State Youth Orchestra in Albany. During his 10-year tenure, Francisco led the group on two European tours as well as concerts at both Carnegie Hall in New York City and in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.

Francisco has served as music director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston, and Symphony by the Sea in Manchester, Mass., and has appeared as guest conductor of the Boston Pops, Baltimore, Nashville, San Antonio and Omaha symphony orchestras. He has maintained a busy guest conducting schedule abroad, performing  for the past five seasons with the Orquesta Académica of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as with orchestras in Brazil, Peru, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and Russia.


JORGE SOTO was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He is a product of El Sistema, an innovative program that uses classical music as a vehicle for social change. He began his musical studies in Venezuela at the Vicente Emilio Sojo State Conservatory, and later studied violin at the Latin American Academy of Violin under Rhio Sanchez and José Francisco Del Castillo. In the United States, he has studied with Sophie Vilker, Janne Malmivaara, Peter Sulski, and Timothy Schwarz.

Mr. Soto is a founding member of the Simón Bolívar National Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He has also performed with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Mr. Soto remains very active in El Sistema in Venezuela, where he teaches violin, coaches chamber music, and conducts orchestras around the country, including serving as a guest conductor with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has guest conducted the Arkansas Youth Symphony and collaborated with the orchestras at Assumption College and Clark University.

Mr. Soto’s conducting mentors include Harold Farberman, Gustavo Dudamel, Eduardo Marturet, Stephen Tucker, Jani Telaranta, and Charles Peltz. He holds a Master of Music in conducting from the New England Conservatory, as well as a Bachelor of Music in violin performance.

In December of 2015, Mr. Soto assisted Maestro Gustavo Dudamel in the preparation of Puccini’s Turandot with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.