Podcast Interview with Vasily Petrenko

Credit: Mark McNulty


Petrenko has had a dramatic effect on both the RLPO and its audience bringing in ever increasing numbers and a much higher percentage of first-timers. The honorary Scouser has even reached out to Liverpool FC with the promise of exciting tunes that aren’t necessarily 'You’ll Never Walk Alone'. He’s a keen footballer himself, though he won’t swear allegiance to either Liverpool or Everton but rather his home team in St Petersburg.


In this exclusive audio podcast for Sinfini Music Edward Seckerson goes backstage at the soon to be refurbished Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, to quiz Petrenko on the secrets of his success. They talk repertoire, they talk trust, they talk about Petrenko’s long-held conviction that getting the best from his players and making each concert an 'event', which gets people talking and spreading the word, has more to do with respect than popularity. Really? Yes, really.

Vasily Petrenko will be performing with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms on 2nd September and 3rd September.

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Norman Lebrecht gives 4 stars to Petrenko and the RLPO's recording of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony in his Album of the Week