It has been announced that Vasily Petrenko will leave the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the end of the 2020/21 season and take over as Music Director of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2021.
2021 will mark Vasily's 15th anniversary of music making in the city where he has made his home and raised his family as well as leading the Liverpool Philharmonic to new heights.
In his letter to Patrons he said "The time feels right for me to take on new opportunities and challenges and in September 2021, I’ll take up the position of Music Director of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I’m delighted to be able to maintain my links with Liverpool Philharmonic and the City as Conductor Laureate".
Last month Vasily announced that he would leave his other post in Oslo at the end of their 2020 season which will allow him more time for guest conducting with some of the world's other great orchestras and also for new opera productions which take up a great deal of diary time in preparation and performance.
For Liverpool the search is now on for a successor and looking around at the up and coming young conductor's of the next generation the possibilities are very exciting for the orchestra to find a great successor to continue to take them to new heights in the next decade.