Noah Geller has been named concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony. The 28-year-old succeeds Kanako Ito, who left the post in August 2010.

Geller is currently first assistant concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which he joined in 2008. He has previously been concertmaster of orchestras at Tanglewood Music Center and the Juilliard School, where he is currently completing a Master of Music degree. Geller plays a 1783 violin made by Nicolò Gagliano II, on loan from a benefactor.

The appointment is the second to be announced by the KC Symphony in as many weeks. On 1 March it named 25-year-old Aram Demirjian as its new assistant conductor. Demirjian, who originally trained as a cellist with Laura Blustein at the New England Conservatory, will start his conducting duties with the orchestra at the start of the 2012–13 season.