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Vasily Petrenko becomes our Principal Conductor

We are thrilled to announce that Vasily Petrenko is to join us officially as the National Youth Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor.

It’s been a spectacular year for Vasily: having taken a lead role in Liverpool’s 2008 City of Culture celebrations as Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, he also made an instant, electifrifying connection with the NYO’s young players when they performed together in April 2008.

NYO double-bassist Asgeir Faben says “working with Vasily Petrenko is so inspirational.” Violinist Hannah Bell agrees: ““Everyone was completely captured by what he brought to the music”.

Vasily says “I’m greatly looking forward to working with the NYO’s young musicians again and sharing their excitement in performing symphonic repertoire for the first time. They bring fresh opinions to each piece and draw such enthusiasm from exploring what is behind the notes – the emotion, the ideas. I love to work with that attitude. It’s especially exciting that many of the players here are set to become the orchestras of the future.”

In his new role, Vasily will conduct the NYO on one of its courses every year and will work closely with NYO Director Sarah Alexander between courses to shape repertoire and activities that enable the players to explore attributes essential to being a musician today: technique, communication, creativity, confidence and the desire to connect with modern audiences.

The official announcement of Vasily’s appointment features in Sarah Alexander’s latest newsletter to NYO supporters, alongside other exciting news about our future plans. Click here to read the newsletter and discover how dance will be playing a dynamic role in our 2009 adventures, and learn about major new associations with The Sage Gateshead and Southbank Centre that will see the NYO getting creative with new partners and audiences.

To read more about Vasily’s accomplishments, click here.

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