Vasily Petrenko


Vasily Petrenko was appointed principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006, and in 2009 became chief conductor. He is also chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, chief conductor of the European Union Youth Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’ in Moscow, and in 2021 will become music director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

He was the Classical BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year 2010 and 2012 and the Classic FM/Gramophone Young Artist of the Year 2007.

He works with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the London Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Gewandhaus-orchester Leipzig, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome.

His wide operatic repertoire includes Macbeth (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Parsifal, Falstaff and Tosca (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), Boris Godunov (Bayerische Staatsoper), Der fliegende Holländer, La Bohème and Carmen (Mikhailovsky Theatre), Pique Dame (Metropolitan Opera, New York) and Eugene Onegin (Opéra de Paris, Bastille).

Recordings with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra include Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony [Naxos 8.570568] (2009 Classic FM/Gramophone Orchestral Recording of the Year) and the complete symphonies of Rachmaninov, Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, the major orchestral works of Stravinsky and Elgar and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and complete Piano Concertos. With the Oslo Philharmonic he has recorded Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Scriabin’s symphonies, Shostakovich’s Cello Concertos and an ongoing Richard Strauss tone poem cycle.

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