Vasily Petrenko

Chief Conductor

− The lasting impression is of a conductor with an intelligent, informed but deep love of this music.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2015
  • Born i St. Petersburg in 1976
  • Studied at St. Petersburg Conservatoire
  • Chief Conductor of Oslo Philharmonic since 2013, with contract through the 2019/2020 Season
  • Chief Conductor of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic since 2006 and European Union Youth Orchestra since 2015.
Vasily Petrenko is widely renowned as one of the leading conductors of his generation, He conducted the Oslo Philharmonic for the first time in 2009 and became Chief Conducor in 2013.

After just one week working with Vasily Petrenko in 2009, the Oslo Philharmonic invited the Russian conductor to be its fifteenth Principal Conductor. At a landmark concert in Oslo on 28 August 2013, Petrenko was inaugurated in his new role conducting Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Vasily Petrenko is one of the most significant and galvanizing musicians alive. He became famous for his transformative work at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the oldest orchestra in the United Kingdom, where he refashioned the orchestra’s sound, reconnected the organization to its home city and presided over a huge increase in ticket sales. He quickly came to represent a new generation of conductors ready combine their uncompromising artistic work with a passion for communication and inclusion.

Vasily was born in St Petersburg in 1976 and trained at the city’s famous conservatoire. As a student, he took part in a master-class with Mariss Jansons, the conductor who helped establish the Oslo Philharmonic as one of the great orchestras of the world. After winning a handful of competitions, Vasily became Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and later principal guest conductor at the city’s Mikhailovsky Theatre.

Vasily is one of the most acclaimed classical recording artists alive and has won numerous accolades for his recordings of Russian repertoire, including two Gramophone awards. With the Oslo Philharmonic, he has recorded Shostakovich and Szymanowski concertos and is in the process of recording a major new cycle of orchestral works by Alexander Scriabin.

Vasily has conducted the London, Sydney, Chicago, Vienna, San Francisco, and NHK Symphony Orchestras as well as the Russian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has conducted at the Zurich, Paris and Hamburg Operas and at Glyndebourne..

At the Oslo Konserthus, Vasily provides the backbone of the Oslo Philharmonic’s subscription series. He has conducted the orchestra in London, Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava, Dublin, Paris, Tokyo, Edinburgh and Santander and will lead the orchestra on tour in England in March 2016..