Kirill Petrenko

conductor

Kirill Petrenko begins his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in the 2019-20 season. Born in 1972 in Omsk in western Siberia to a violinist father and a musicologist mother, he performed as a pianist with the symphony orchestra of his native city when he was only eleven. In 1990 the family resettled in Vorarlberg, Austria, where he undertook formal music studies at the Vorarlberg Conservatory in Feldkirch, completing them with honors at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, in 1995. Soon after, he was engaged as Kapellmeister at the Vienna Volksoper; in 1997 he became General Music Director at the Meiningen Theater, earning great attention there with a production of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung, each of whose parts was premiered on four successive nights. From 2002 to 2007, Petrenko served as General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin, and since 2013 he has held the same post at the Bavarian Staatsoper, where he will present new productions of Verdi’s Otello and Strauss’s Salome in the 2019–20 season. Petrenko has appeared as a guest conductor at such internationally renowned companies as the Vienna Staatsoper, the Dresden Semperoper, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Royal Opera in London, the Opéra national de Paris, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He conducted the Ring cycle at the Bayreuth Festival from 2013 to 2015. In the concert hall, Petrenko has partnered with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Berlin and Dresden Staatskapelle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London and Israel Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He was chosen by both the critics of the magazine Opernwelt and the International Opera Award jury as Conductor of the Year in 2014.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut  on 7 September 2016, when Petrenko conducted the Bavarian Staatsorchester in a Wagner-Strauss program.

July 2018