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Conductor Vasily Petrenko extends contract with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
9:00am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
VASILY Petrenko has extended his contract as Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
The charismatic Russian maestro will stay at the helm of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the UK's oldest professional symphony orchestra, for the foreseeable future.
He took up the baton as principal conductor in 2006, and has twice extended his contract.
He became chief conductor in 2009, in recognition of his commitment to the Orchestra and Liverpool.
On the new contract he said: "It's a great pleasure for me to have the opportunity to stay in Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic family.
"I am looking forward very much to continuing my relationship with our great Orchestra, and also with our wonderful audiences whose commitment to our music-making, along with our many partners, we are always grateful for.
"I really believe, as do our musicians and all our colleagues, that while we have such brilliant support, there is still so much that we can achieve together."
It means Vasily the Orchestra’s longest serving conductor since Sir Charles Groves, who took up the position exactly 50 years and was principal conductor from 1963 – 1977.