Vasily Petrenko steps away from post at Russian orchestra until peace is restored

The Russian conductor has chosen to halt all future commitments in Russia, including his role as artistic director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia 'Evgeny Svetlanov'

Published: March 2, 2022 at 4:42 pm

Conductor Vasily Petrenko has announced that he will halt all his future concerts and commitments in Russia until 'peace is restored' with Ukraine.

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The Russian-British conductor referenced the 'tragedy unfolding in Ukraine' in his statement, applauding the 'historic and cultural ties between the Russian and Ukrainian peoples' and denouncing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Petrenko will suspend all his work in Russia, including any future commitments as artistic director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia 'Evgeny Svetlanov'. He took over the role at the orchestra from fellow Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski this season. Also this season, he took on another new position as music director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, having previously been based in Liverpool with the RLPO for 15 years.

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The news comes after Valery Gergiev was removed from his post as chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic and has been dropped from concert programmes and festival line-ups for refusing to condemn Putin's leadership and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.

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