Vasily becomes Citizen of
VASILY Petrenko, the Russian conductor at the helm of the
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006 has become Liverpool's next
Citizen of Honour in a special ceremony, on Wednesday, 23 November 2016.
Vasily, chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), was
added to the Roll of Citizens of Honour and presented with an official scroll, by
the Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy.
He was nominated to receive the accolade for his commitment to music and the
City, and his partnership with the UK's oldest continuing professional symphony
orchestra which has attracted international acclaim.
Councillor Kennedy said:- "I'm delighted to be presenting Vasily with this
honour. His contribution to Liverpool's cultural scene is invaluable and his
partnership over 10 years with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has
really put the city on the map, attracting acclaim from across the globe for
their concerts, broadcasts and recordings.
This City has become home for Vasily and his passion and ambitions for Liverpool
are clear in everything he does. He has already been given the civic title of 'honorary
scouser' back in 2009, and I hope he will be pleased with this latest
acknowledgement of his role as a fantastic ambassador for the City."
Vasily said:- "I'm deeply honoured to receive this recognition from the
city which my family and I have made our home. I have always known Liverpool to
be 1 of the world's great music cities, and since coming here in 2006, I've
experienced 1st hand the great passion for music that is at its heart.
I would like to offer my thanks to the city, Mayor Anderson and his colleagues,
our audiences and supporters. They continue to believe in and support Liverpool
Philharmonic's vision to be 1 of the world's great music making organisations,
deeply rooted in our City, and an ambassador for Liverpool as a great place to
live, work, study and invest in."
Vasily took up the conductor's baton as Liverpool Philharmonic's Principal
Conductor in 2006, becoming Chief Conductor in 2012. His dynamic musical
partnership with the orchestra, now in its tenth year, continues as a golden age
in Liverpool Philharmonic's 176 year history. He has led the orchestra on
international tours to Japan, China and the major European cities and together
they have made a number of award winning recordings.
The Citizen of Honour title is the latest acknowledgement of Vasily's
contribution to music and Liverpool's cultural scene. He has also been awarded
Honorary Doctorates by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University
and an Honorary Fellowship by Liverpool John Moores University.
Recognising his recordings with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, he
was the Classic BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year 2012 and 2010, Germany's
Echo Klassik Awards Emerging Artist of the Year 2012, and Classic FM/Gramophone
Awards Young Artist of the Year 2007.
The Citizen of Honour Awards were introduced in 2008 to formally recognise those
individuals who have made a significant, exceptional or unique contribution to
enriching the image of the city and/or its citizens. To date there are 27
Citizens of Honour including Bill Shankly, Liverpool World War 2 veterans,
April Ashley, Dr David France and Lewis Biggs.