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.