Kirill Petrenko

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Kirill Petrenko (born 1972, Omsk) is a Russian conductor.

The son of a violinist, Petrenko studied piano as a youth, and made his public debut as a pianist at age 11. At age 18, he and his family emigrated to Austria, where his father played in the Vorarlberg Symphony. Petrenko formally studied music at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium in Feldkirch, Vorarlberg, graduating with honours in piano studies. He continued his musical studies in Vienna at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, where his teachers included Uroš Lajovic. His other conducting teachers and mentors have included Myung-Whun Chung, Edward Downes, Péter Eötvös and Semyon Bychkov.

Petrenko made his conducting debut in opera in 1995 in Vorarlberg with a production of Benjamin Britten's Let's Make an Opera. He was a Kapellmeister at the Vienna Volksoper from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 to 2002, he was Generalmusikdirektor of the Südthüringisches Staatstheater, Das Meininger Theater (Meiningen, Germany), where his work included conducting the four operas of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen in 2001 on four consecutive days,[1] his first professional conducting engagement with the operas of Wagner.[2] Petrenko was Generalmusikdirektor of the Komische Oper Berlin from 2002 to 2007. In October 2010, Petrenko was named the next Generalmusikdirektor of the Bavarian State Opera, as of 2013.[3]


  1. ^ Reihnard J. Brembeck (2010-10-06). "Wunder aus Sibirien". Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  2. ^ Reihnard J. Brembeck (2010-10-05). "Kommt der Opernwundermann?". Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  3. ^ "Petrenko kommt". Süddeutsche Zeitung. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Marie-Jeanne Dufour
Generalmusikdirektor, Südthüringisches Staatstheater
Succeeded by
Fabrizio Ventura
Preceded by
Yakov Kreizberg
Generalmusikdirektor, Komische Oper Berlin
Succeeded by
Carl St.Clair