Habemus Papam – Kirill Petrenko to lead the Berlin Philharmonic. One question remains: who the heck is that?

I’ve previously mentioned the search of a successor for Simon Rattle in Berlin. 

Now we have the answer: Kirill Petrenko. 

I assume I’m not the only one barely familiar with this young conductor. He has recorded only a small handful albums and has never formally headed a symphony orchestra before (only opera, at the Berlin Komische Oper, in Munich and also Bayreuth). 

At least this article from the Guardian sounds reassuring. 

Interesting times ahead as of 2018. 

3 thoughts on “Habemus Papam – Kirill Petrenko to lead the Berlin Philharmonic. One question remains: who the heck is that?

  1. PierUk

    Oh, I understand now, you meant never been artistic director of a symphony orchestra…sorry, I was confused.

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    1. Musicophile Post author

      Yes, that’s what I meant. I know he’s had some experience with conducting symphony orchestra, but he never had “his own” yet, and now he gets one of the leading ones of the world.

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