Vasily Petrenko
Photo: Mark McNulty

Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko, 44, has been appointed as Artistic Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia Evgeny Svetlanov. Succeeding Vladimir Jurowski, who has served in the role since 2011, he will take up the position on 1 September 2021, at the same time as he formally takes up the position of Music Director of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Vasily Petrenko first conducted the State Academic Symphony Orchestra on 16 February 2008 at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, and in 2016 he became their Principal Guest Conductor. Currently, he holds the position of Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (since 2009), Chief Conductor of the European Union Youth Orchestra (since 2015) and he served as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (2013-2020).

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