Russian-born conductor Vasily Petrenko has called Liverpool, England his home for the past seven years. Since September, 2009, he's been Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the UK’s oldest professional symphony orchestra, with whom he received the 2011 Gramophone Awards Orchestral Recording of the Year for Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, one of 7 discs in an ongoing Shostakovich symphony cycle Petrenko and the RLPO is recording for the Naxos label.
Last November, Maestro Petrenko made his National Symphony Orchestra debut, leading a gripping performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4, which will be broadcast Wednesday night, May 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM on NSO Showcase. Classical WETA's Deb discusses this work with Maestro Petrenko in light of the life and times of Dmitri Shostakovich. However, their conversation begins with reference to Petrenko's status as "Honorary Scouser"--a title bestowed upon him with great pomp and circumstance by the city of Liverpool.