NOTES TO EDITORS
Born in St Petersburg, Petrenko was educated at the St Petersburg Capella Boys Music School and studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire where he participated in masterclasses with such luminary figures as Ilya Musin, Mariss Jansons and Yuri Temirkanov. Petrenko steps down at the end of this season from his 15-year tenure leading the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, which has brought enormous critical and popular acclaim – he will take on the title of their Conductor Laureate from the 21/22 season – to become the first ever Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. He continues to hold the post of Chief Conductor of the European Union Youth Orchestra (since 2015) and served as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (2013-2020), Principal Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (2009–2013), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre, where he began his career as Resident Conductor (1994–1997). He has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the London, Chicago and Boston Symphonies, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de France. He has appeared at the Edinburgh and Grafenegg Festivals and made frequent appearances at the BBC Proms, and conducted widely on the operatic stage, including at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, Opernhaus Zürich, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’ (GASO)
The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation gave its debut performance under the baton of Alexander Gauk and Erich Kleiber on 5 October 1936 at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and was subsequently led by Natan Rakhlin (1941-1945), Konstantin Ivanov (1946-1965), and Evgeny Svetlanov (1965-2000). On 27 October 2005 the State Academic Symphony Orchestra was officially named after Evgeny Svetlanov. From 2000 to 2002 the orchestra was headed by Vasily Sinaisky, and from 2002 to 2011 by Mark Gorenstein. In 2011 Vladimir Jurowski was appointed as the Artistic Director of the orchestra, which has performed at the most prestigious venues, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Bolshoi Theatre, Pillar Hall of the House of the Unions, the State Kremlin Palace (Moscow), Carnegie Hall (New York) , the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Musikverein (Vienna), the Royal Albert Hall (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).