Monday, 22 June 2015 – 13:00 CET, Midday GMT – the Berliner Philharmoniker, in a press conference broadcast live on the web, in German and English, has confirmed Kirill Petrenko (born 1972, no relation to Vasily, and currently music director at Bavarian State Opera, Munich) as its next Chief Conductor. He has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra three times only since 2006, but “we want him completely as our Chief Conductor.”
Official press release:
Kirill Petrenko has been elected as the Chief Conductor Designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker
During an orchestra assembly yesterday Kirill Petrenko was elected by a large majority of the members of the Berliner Philharmoniker as the Chief Conductor Designate of the orchestra and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation. He succeeds Sir Simon Rattle, who will leave the orchestra in August of 2018.
Kirill Petrenko said: “Words cannot express my feelings – everything from euphoria and great joy to awe and disbelief. I am aware of the responsibility and high expectations of me, and I will do everything in my power to be a worthy conductor of this outstanding orchestra. Above all, however, 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.”
Orchestra Board members Ulrich Knörzer and Peter Riegelbauer said: “We are extremely pleased that Kirill Petrenko has accepted his election as Chief Conductor Designate of our orchestra. We look forward to our musical future together with great confidence.”
General Manager Martin Hoffmann: “As General Manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation I am delighted about the election and offer the orchestra and Kirill Petrenko my hearty congratulations.”
Sir Simon Rattle: “I have admired Kirill Petrenko for years, and I am delighted that he will be my successor with this wonderful orchestra. I congratulate the Philharmoniker on making such a forward-looking decision.”