The Ideal Match – Vasily Petrenko looks forward to becoming the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Director

Announcing Our New Music Director: Vasily Petrenko

There’s a palpable sense of excitement at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), shared by players and management alike. It stems from Vasily Petrenko’s appointment as Music Director and is set to build towards the start of his five-year contract in August 2021. The 42-year-old Russian, recently praised by the Berliner Morgenpost for his ‘fearless’ and ‘brilliant’ artistry, has a fund of ideas for developing his new orchestra, raising its status at home and overseas, and broadening the global audience for orchestral music. He’s destined to become Music Director Designate in August 2020, soon after finishing work as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. The timeline for Petrenko’s arrival in post as RPO Music Director includes his departure as Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) in July 2021 and appointment as its Conductor Laureate.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Announced Vasily Petrenko as Music Director from 2021–22 Season

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Announced Vasily Petrenko as Music Director from 2021–22 Season_thumb

• The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) appoints Vasily Petrenko as its new Music Director to lead the Orchestra into its next artistic chapter, strengthening its position as one of the world’s great orchestras in London, across the UK and internationally.

• Vasily Petrenko’s 2021 arrival will launch the RPO’s ambitious plans for its 75th Anniversary Season.

• Expansive role of Music Director recognises the artistic leadership he will bring to the Orchestra, both on and off the podium and within the communities the RPO serves.

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The Pride of the Proms with Katerina Mina

Katerina Mina is the international prize-winning British spinto soprano, and guest soloist for our upcoming concert 'Last Night at the Derngate Proms'. Katerina’s passion for singing is evident in her new CD Album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Grzegorz Nowak. The CD entitled, Angel of Fire, features arias by Verdi, Giordano, Beethoven, Wagner, Cilea, Puccini, Hodel and Barber and can be purchased from the RPO website.

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Tag Your Hero

On July 7, we'll be perfoming music from Avengers, Wonder Woman and Superman, alongside many more heroic themes. But we want to know who your heroes are! It could be a friend, family member, or colleague, as long as it's someone you know, who inspires you in your everyday life.  

We're pleased to be able to give away two pairs of tickets for you and your hero on our social media accounts. All you need to do is reply to this Facebook post or this tweet tagging your hero and explaining why you've chosen them.   

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