Ilan Volkov is Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, having taken up the appointment at the beginning of January 2003 - the youngest conductor ever to lead a BBC orchestra. Born in Israel in 1976, he has been conducting since his early teens, and at 19 became Young Conductor in Association to the Newcastle-based Northern Sinfonia. In 1997 he was appointed Chief Conductor of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and two years later was invited by Seiji Ozawa to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra as his Assistant Conductor. Ilan Volkov’s guest conducting ap¬pearances have included concerts with amongst others the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, London Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Detroit Sym¬phony, Deutsches Symphonie-Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and NDR Symphony. He has worked in Israel with the Jerusalem, Israel and Haifa Symphony Orchestras, and with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared with many distinguished soloists, including Emanuel Ax, Daniel Barenboim, Viktoria Mullova, Olli Mustonen, Garrick Ohlsson, Mstislav Rostropo¬vich, Heinrich Schiff and Thomas Zehetmair.