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Lucy Thraves

Deputy Editor

Vasily Petrenko to move to Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

12:54, 2nd July 2018

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has appointed Vasily Petrenko as its new music director, taking effect from 2021.

He will become conductor laureate of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, following a 15-year tenure as its chief conductor.

His first concert with the RPO will launch the orchestra’s 75th anniversary season. He will conduct a number of the orchestra’s concerts in London at the Royal Festival Hall and will help to strengthen the RPO’s residencies in towns and cities across England.

‘I am delighted to become music director at this stage in the RPO’s history,’ said Petrenko. ‘This orchestra, with its outstanding musicians and clear vision from management, has enormous potential.

‘The RPO has a very modern approach and youthful energy which underpin its music-making. We want to attract new and especially young audiences, embrace digital technologies and structure exciting seasons in London which can then be toured nationally and internationally.’

Paying tribute to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, he continued: ‘It has been an honour and a great joy to spend so many rewarding years with the RLPO. They will always have a special place in my heart and we will continue to make music together.’

James Williams, managing director of the RPO: ‘On behalf of the players and the team at the RPO, I warmly welcome Vasily Petrenko’s decision to make a long-term commitment to musical life in London and the UK. His title of music director is significant; it recognises the artistic leadership that Vasily will bring to the orchestra, both on and off the podium and within the communities it serves, drawing on his passion for music education and widening access to orchestral music to make it truly inclusive.’

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