A report Wednesday (3/13) on the Liverpool Confidential (U.K.) website states, “One of Liverpool’s most popular signings has announced he is staying in the city indefinitely. Thinking girl’s poster boy Vasily Petrenko, whose musical leadership has earned him an international reputation—and made him one of the most sought after conductors in the world—is extending his contract as chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which is due to expire in Summer 2015.A new, on-going agreement will see the charismatic Russian maestro stay at the helm of the UK’s oldest professional symphony orchestra for the foreseeable future, with a minimum three-year notice period. This new contract will make Petrenko the RLPO’s longest serving conductor since Sir Charles Groves, who was principal conductor from 1963-1977. … In what the RLPO says is one of the most substantial commitments of any chief conductor of a UK orchestra, Petrenko will continue his current commitment to conduct the orchestra in 25 concerts a year in Liverpool and on national and international touring dates, as well as recordings and other special concerts and events.”

Posted March 14, 2013