The orchestra of conductor Kirill Petrenko was recognized as the best in the world

The orchestra of conductor Kirill Petrenko was recognized as the best in the world

Bachtrack, the largest portal of classical music events and criticism, recognized the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Kirill Petrenko as the best classical orchestra in the world.

Petrenko also headed the rating of the best conductors. Fifteen authors of the world’s leading mass media from eleven countries took part in the Critics’ Choice 2023 poll of the most prominent critics of classical music. They had to name the ten best orchestras and conductors in the world.

The poll was held for the first time in 2015. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra took first place in the rating for the second time. Thanks to Kirill Petrenko, this time the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was ahead of its colleagues by a large margin. The second place was taken by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In third place are also musicians from Germany – the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio and Television Company under the direction of Simon Rattle. In 2015, it was he who led the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

The Director of the Foundation of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Eva-Maria Tomasy, and the Chairman of its Board, Stefan Dohr, announced on the eve of the publication of the rating that they are dedicating their first place to the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, over which the Berliners have taken patronage. “Their completely different approaches form the foundation of classical music of the present and future, without which it is impossible to do,” said the leaders of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Conductor Kirill Petrenko, who was born in Omsk, entered the conservatory in the Austrian city of Feldkirch at the age of 18 and then graduated from the University of Music in Vienna. Since 2019, he has been the chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. On February 25, 2022, Petrenko resolutely condemned Russia’s war against Ukraine. “Putin’s treacherous, international law-violating attack on Ukraine is a knife in the back of all peace-loving humanity. It is also an attack on art, which, as you know, unites people despite all borders,” the conductor noted.

Kirill Petrenko also emphasized his deep solidarity with Ukrainian colleagues. The conductor expressed the hope that “all people of art will stand up for freedom, sovereignty and against aggression in a single line.” In February and March 2022, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra dedicated its concerts to Ukraine.

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