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Transfer news: Liverpool striker renews contract – for the long term

He’s one of the most sought-after frontmen in the game, and he has pledged his future to the Reds. Today, Vasily Petrenko signed a new contract with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The deal is open-ended, with a minimum three-year notice period.

Vasily, who joined in 2006 and quickly transformed the orchestra’s waning fortunes, will be the longest-serving Liverpool conductor since Sir Charles Groves who started half a century ago – and Liverpool now has the most secure music director agreement of any UK orchestra.

The deal quells speculation that the Russian was getting itchy feet, after agreeing to join Oslo as chief conductor later this year. He will play for the two outfits in tandem without loyalty conflicts, having made his home on Merseyside. US orchestras that have been eyeing him up will have to take a backseat.

Slipped Disc will be going up to Liverpool next week to congratulate the happy team.

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  1. Michael Antrobus - Oslo/Norway. says:

    Great News but how do you know that he isn’t a BLUE.

    He’s extremely popular in Oslo as well.

  2. He is too principal guest conductor in Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, in Valladolid, Spain, the former orchestra of Lionel Bringuier before Zurich. Spanish are becoming experts in training young promises, as Dima Slovodeniuk, brand new in Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (La Coruña).

  3. Congratulations to Vasily Petrenko and all success in his artistic endeavours! The Russian audiences truly admire his work. As the principal guest conductor at the St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Theatre, this July he will present a new production of Wagner’s ‘Flying Dutchman’ that is much awaited for.

  4. Michaela says:

    Spain was among the first countries, if the not the very first, outside of his homeland to acknowledge Vasily Petrenko’s talent. He was the 2002 winner of Spain’s Cadaques International Conducting Competition. Maestro Petrenko, has never forgotten, it seems, that Spain gave him a helping hand as a young conductor and he regularly visits Spain as one of its most popular guest conductors. He is a charismatic figure with the Spanish press, often giving interviews in Spanish, at which he is now quite proficient!

    Maestro Petrenko established a regular guest conducting relationship with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon shortly after winning the Cadaques Award in 2002. Subsequently he was named OSCYL’s Principal Guest Conductor in 2006. He held this position during Lionel Bringuier’s tenure as Music Director of the OSCYL (2009-20012) and continues in the position today. He has had a long-term relationship with the orchestra and a strong hand in shaping the ensemble and its audiences which we certainly hope will continue!

    And Luis is absolutely right! Spain has a remarkable record for launching exciting new conductors. Lionel Bringuier from Orquesta de Castilla y Leon to Tonhalle. Vasily Petrenko as OSCYL’s Principal Guest Conductor to Liverpool. Andres Orozco Estrada from Orquesta de Euskadi to Houston, Juanjo Mena of Orquesta de Bilbao to BBC.

    Spain has an intriguing new crop of new Music Directors just named this year who also be interesting to watch: as Luis has mentioned, the dynamic Finnish-trained-Russian Dima Slobodeniouk in Orquesta de Galicia, Michal Nestorowicz in Tenerife, and Rossen Milanov in Asturias.

    Several important Spanish orchestras are now in the conductor search process, looking to name just the right person: Orquesta Nacional de Espana in Madrid, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon (Lionel Bringuier’s former orchestra) and Orquesta de Euskadi. It will be fascinating to see how these positions are filled, and to follow the careers of the candidates who are chosen!

    We wish Maestro Petrenko warmest congratulations on his contract renewal in Liverpool, but since he is a such a key figure in Spain’s orchestral panorama, we are looking forward to his continued visits to Spain to conduct!

  5. Robin Bloxsidge says:

    For us in Liverpool, this is wonderful news and is being greeted ecstatically, but we are happy to share him, principally with Oslo, but also with Spain and other places on which he is very keen! For Michael: although I’m sure that Vasily woud be diplomatic about whether he is a blue or red, some of us today were discussing a possibly more likely conflict of allegiance between Liverpool FC and Zenit St Petersburg. I’m told he’s a great asset to the RLPO soccer team!

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