The former chief executive of Scotland's national orchestra is to lead one of the world's most prestigious ensembles.

Simoon Woods, former chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), has been appointed chief executive of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The orchestra's artistic direction is led by one of the stars of the classical music world, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

Woods, who led the RSNO from 2005, moved to America to be chief executive of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2011.

He said: "It is the very greatest honor to have been chosen for this position.

"The Los Angeles Philharmonic demonstrates persuasively and passionately in every aspect of its work what a contemporary and forward-looking orchestra can be in one of the world’s great global cities.

"The chance to work closely with Gustavo Dudamel, the remarkable musicians, a great board, and the tremendously creative staff team is a completely inspiring prospect.

"I join the LA Phil with the greatest humility and admiration, and look forward to helping to lead it through the Centennial and into its next century.”

Tom Thomson, the chair of the RSNO, when Mr Woods was appointed the orchestra’s chief executive in 2005, said: "Simon transformed the fortunes of the orchestra with inspiring and inclusive leadership in a wonderful partnership with artistic director Stephane Deneve.

"His Los Angeles Philharmonic appointment is a richly-deserved ascent to a global pinnacle of orchestral management.”