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Kirill Petrenko new Chief Conductor of the Berliner Philarmoniker
The Russian conductor will succeed Sir Simon Rattle in August 2018
During an orchestra assembly last Sunday Russian conductor Kirill Petrenko was elected by a large majority of the members of the Berliner Philharmoniker as the Chief Conductor Designate of the orchestra and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation. He succeeds Sir Simon Rattle, who will leave the orchestra in August of 2018.
The election became necessary after Rattle announced earlier this year that he would not be extending his contract after 16 years as the orchestra’s Principal Conductor. Rattle takes up a new role as the London Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director in September 2017.
Kirill Petrenko, currently music director of the Bavarian State Opera, said on a statement published on the Philharmonic’s website: “Words cannot express my feelings – everything from euphoria and great joy to awe and disbelief. I am aware of the responsibility and high expectations of me, and I will do everything in my power to be a worthy conductor of this outstanding orchestra. Above all, however, I hope for many moments of artistic happiness in our music-making together which will reward our hard work and fill our lives as artists with meaning.”
Sir Simon Rattle said according to the Philharmonic’s statement: “I have admired Kirill Petrenko for years, and I am delighted that he will be my successor with this wonderful orchestra. I congratulate the Philharmoniker on making such a forward-looking decision.”
*Photo: Wilfried Hösl