Kirill Petrenko, conductor
Kirill Petrenko, Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since the 2019-2020 season, was born in 1972 in Omsk, Siberia. He studied piano and appeared in public for the first time as a pianist at the age of 11 with the Omsk Symphony Orchestra. In 1990, his family moved to Austria, where he studied conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. After his graduation he became Kapellmeister at the Vienna Volksoper. Kirill Petrenko was General Music Director in Meiningen (1999-2002), General Music Director at the Komische Oper in Berlin (2002-2007) and since 2013 has been General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and will maintin this position until the end of the 2019-20 season. He has conducted at major opera houses, including New York's Metropolitan Opera, London's Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Paris Opera, the Lyon Opera, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Dresden Opera and the Frankfurt Opera. His festival appearances include Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bayreuth, Bregenz and Salzburg. In the concert hall Kirill Petrenko has conducted leading orchetras, among them the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.