The years have flown by since I took up the baton in Liverpool in 2006. It has been an honour for me to follow in the footsteps of the many great artists who have led and performed with our Orchestra over more than 175 years.
Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, started as Principal Conductor in 2006 and became Chief Conductor in 2009. During this time he has led the Orchestra on international tours to Japan, China and the major European cities. The award-winning Shostakovich symphony cycle garnered worldwide acclaim and has established an international profile as a recording artist through his recordings of Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. As well as his Liverpool commitment, where he is based, Vasily also holds titled positions with the European Youth Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra; he has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and Sydney Symphony and has made frequent appearances at the BBC Proms and at opera houses in Zurich, Munich and around Europe.
Born in 1976, he started his music education at the St Petersburg Capella Boys Music School – the oldest music school in Russia – and then studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and is keen to support young musicians which has included work with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and young musicians in Liverpool. For his outstanding contribution to the arts and Liverpool’s cultural scene, he has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University.
He was the Classical BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year 2010 and the Classic FM/Gramophone Awards Young Artist of the Year 2007. A football aficionado, Vasily is a supporter of Zenit St. Petersburg and takes a keen interest in Merseyside’s three clubs.
Vasily Petrenko is represented by IMG Artists. You can read his biography on the IMG Artists website here.