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After just one week working with Vasily Petrenko in 2009, the Oslo Philharmonic invited the Russian conductor to be its fifteenth Principal Conductor. At a landmark concert in Oslo on 28 August 2013, Petrenko was inaugurated in his new role conducting Stravinsky’s "The Rite of Spring".
Vasily Petrenko is one of the most significant and galvanizing musicians alive. He became famous for his transformative work at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the oldest orchestra in the United Kingdom, where he refashioned the orchestra’s sound, reconnected the organization to its home city and presided over a huge increase in ticket sales. He quickly came to represent a new generation of conductors ready to combine their uncompromising artistic work with a passion for communication and inclusion.
Vasily was born in St Petersburg in 1976 and trained at the city’s famous conservatoire. As a student, he took part in a master-class with Mariss Jansons, the conductor who helped establish the Oslo Philharmonic as one of the great orchestras of the world. After winning a handful of competitions, Vasily became Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and later principal guest conductor at the city’s Mikhailovsky Theatre.
Vasily is one of the most acclaimed classical recording artists alive and has won numerous accolades for his recordings of Russian repertoire, including two Gramophone awards. In 2017 he received the Gramophone Award "Artist of the Year".
With the Oslo Philharmonic, he has recorded Shostakovich and Szymanowski concertos, "Romeo and Juliet" by Prokofiev, and a major new cycle of orchestral works by Alexander Scriabin, of which this release is the last in the series of three CDs.
Vasily has conducted the London, Sydney, Chicago, Vienna, San Francisco, and NHK Symphony Orchestras as well as the Russian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In February 2018 he made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. He has conducted at the Zurich, Paris and Hamburg Operas and at Glyndebourne.
At Oslo Konserthus, Vasily provides the backbone of the Oslo Philharmonic’s subscription series. He has conducted the orchestra in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava, Dublin, Paris, Tokyo, Edinburgh, San Sebastian, Santander, Hong Kong and Taipei.

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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 / Myaskovsky: Symphony No. 27
Vasily Petrenko
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 / Myaskovsky: Symphony No. 21
Vasily Petrenko
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 / Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 / Sheherazade, Op. 35
Vasily Petrenko | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 / Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24
Vasily Petrenko | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Don Quixote, Op. 35 / Don Juan, Op. 20 / Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
Vasily Petrenko | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 / Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Vasily Petrenko | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony No. 1, Op. 26 / Prometheus The Poem of Fire, Op. 60
Vasily Petrenko | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Kirill Gerstein
Symphony No. 2 | Piano Concerto
Vasily Petrenko | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Kirill Gerstein
Romeo and Juliet
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Vasily Petrenko
Symphony nos. 3 & 4
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Vasily Petrenko
Mahler: Symphony 1
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko