A conversation with Vasily Petrenko

This month, Vasily Petrenko (‘a conductor of crisp technical assurance and interpretive depth’ – San Francisco Chronicle) makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Having worked with many of the world’s finest orchestras as guest conductor, Petrenko now looks forward to performing with the RPO: “It will be a great pleasure and a big honour for me. It’s the only big London Orchestra which I haven’t performed with yet.”

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STROKESTRA: Driving rehabilitation work with group creative music-making

STROKESTRA is a pioneering collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and Hull Integrated Community Stroke Service (HICSS) which uses group creative music-making to drive patient-led rehabilitation work in stroke survivors and their carers.

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Olga Kern: fearlessness and family links

Some think they need to suffer for their art. Olga Kern doesn’t seem to be one of them. For this forty-year-old Russian pianist, playing seems to come effortlessly. In 2001, she became the first woman in over thirty years to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and she has performed in front of former Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and George W Bush and the former Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu. On none of those occasions did she feel nervous.

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American Friends joined by RPO musicians at the New York Yacht Club

For more than sixty years, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has enjoyed a warm relationship with American audiences, building a loyal and enthusiastic following during its regular coast-to-coast tours. To celebrate such an international bond, and to mark the beginning of the Orchestra’s sixteen-date USA tour in its 70th year, members of the RPO were thrilled to welcome American Friends of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (AFRPO) to its launch event held at the New York Yacht Club.

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