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Vasily Petrenko

Russian born conductor Vasily Petrenko takes up his new role as Music Director at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra later in 2021 after an extended period working with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Russian born Vasily Petrenko studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire. He was born in 1976.

He’s worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, and Philharmonia, and appeared at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms. He’s also worked with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and the San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Montréal and St Louis Symphony orchestras.

In 2021 he takes up the position of Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, after an extended role as Chief Conductor at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Selected Recordings

If you’re unaware of Petrenko’s back catalogue of recordings, be sure to seek out his Shostakovich symphonies with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and latterly his recording of Elgar’s Sea Pictures with mezzo Kathryn Rudge. His work with pianist Simon Trpčeski in their 2010 recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is definitely worth a listen. His Oslo Philharmonic partership has resulted in a refreshing of Prokofiev’s exhilerating Symphony No. 5 brimming pleasing detail.