Kirill Petrenko is Berliner Philharmoniker's Music Director Designate.

A native of Omsk, Pterenko studied in both his home town and Vienna, initially learned his craft in smaller houses: at the Vorarlberger Landestheater, the Vienna Volksoper and the Meininger Theater, where he conducted a much-admired Ring des Nibelungen directed by Christine Mielitz. 
In concerts with the Philharmoniker, Petrenko – who still feels very much at home in Berlin – has portrayed himself since his debut as an interpreter of the Russian masters as well as of works by Béla Bartók, Edward Elgar and Ludwig van Beethoven. In addition to Igor Stravinsky’sSymphony of Psalms and Alexander Scriabin’s Le Poème de l’extase, his last concerts with the orchestra included two works by the composer Rudi Stephan, a genius who died young, an unusual but exciting programme which reflects the various aspects of Petrenko’s artistic work. 
As the conductor says, a concert programme is successful when the musicians play something where they have some fun, and the audience hears something from which they can learn, but at the same time moves them. Standing in front of the Berliner Philharmoniker is both a pleasure and a challenge for Petrenko: “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.”
Petrenko assumes full directorship of the Philharmoniker no later than August 2018, and it is likely that his leadership will be phased in as Sir Simon Rattle winds down his tenure with the orchestra.
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GeneGaudette - 19 Aug 2015