A Russian conductor, Vasily Petrenko, has received a prestigious British award: St. Petersburg-born 36-year-old Petrenko has become the Classic Brit Award Best Male Artist of 2012.
What ensured his victory were the records of the works of the Russian music classics – Dmitry Shostakovich and Sergei Rachmaninoff, made by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. For the first time, the graduate of the St. Petersburg conservatoire showed his worth in 2003 when he won the international Prokofiev competition for conductors. Then he achieved tangible results working as conductor at the Mikhailov Opera Theatre in St. Petersburg. Since 2005 Vasily Petrenko has been living in Britain where he is the Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. British newspapers and magazines say that the bright-haired charismatic Russian citizen has changed beyond all recognition the artistic image of the Liverpool orchestra and that during his concerts the air is charged with positive emotions. The musicians play in unison and with such vigour that it seems that the walls might collapse!
The conductor knows perfectly well what the foreign audience and critics would like him to demonstrate
"High professionalism, high-level education, strong emotional message sent by a Russian person, and of course, the knowledge of Russian music, or to be more exact, a correct interpretation of musical works."