Vasily Petrenko Suspends All Russian Conducting Engagements


Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko has launched an announcement that condemns Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as “one of many biggest ethical failures and humanitarian disasters of our century.”

The 45-year-old, who’s at the moment Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the European Union Youth Orchestra, has made the choice to droop all of his work in Russia till peace is restored.

The choice implies that Petrenko will not take up any future engagements with the State Educational Symphony Orchestra of Russia, of which he was appointed Principal Conductor in 2021. The orchestra had beforehand been led by Vladimir Jurowski.

Petrenko is certainly one of various Russian-born conductors, together with Semyon Bychkov, who has spoken out in opposition to the invasion of Ukraine.

“The historic and cultural ties between the Russian and Ukrainian peoples, of which I’m proud, can by no means be used to justify Russia’s invasion,” Petrenko wrote.

“I imagine within the promotion of friendship and understanding throughout all boundaries. Peace have to be restored as quickly as potential,” he concluded.


A graduate of the St Petersburg Conservatoire, Vasily  Petrenko is the Conductor Laureate of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, following his fifteen-year tenure as their Chief Conductor. He has additionally served as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Nationwide Youth Orchestra of Nice Britain, and Principal Visitor Conductor of St Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theatre — the latter of which he started his profession as Resident Conductor.


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