World-renowned concert pianist Kathryn Stott has been appointed artistic director of the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society (MCCS).

Lancashire-born Stott is a soloist with associations with the U.K.'s major orchestras. She has ongoing musical relationships with cellists Yo-Yo Ma, Truls Mørk and Christian Poltéra, and violinist Janine Jansen.

Stott also has a long-standing experience in artistic direction, having planned a successful Fauré Festival at Manchester's Free Trade Hall and both the Piano 2000 and Piano 2003 Festivals at the city's Bridgewater Hall.

Recently joining the staff of the Royal Academy of Music in London, she is also a visiting professor at Chethams School of Music, Manchester.

Says Stott, who will commence her appointment in the 2009-10 MCCS season, "I am delighted to accept the invitation from MCCS. The chamber series has a serious place in the history of music-making in Manchester and I hope to maintain that tradition while at the same time, bringing new ideas into play."

Manchester Chamber Concerts Society was launched in 1936 and promotes a series of seven international chamber music concerts each year at the city's Royal Northern College of Music.