Maestro news: Another one’s out for the summer

Maestro news: Another one’s out for the summer


norman lebrecht

July 21, 2014

Semyon Bychkov has damaged his hip. Vasily Petrenko takes over.




With great regret, Semyon Bychkov is unable to conduct the EUYO this summer. As the result of an inflamed hip he has been advised a 6-week period of complete rest by his doctors, and unfortunately is obliged to withdraw from his four performances with the orchestra, at the Grafenegg Festival, the BBC Proms, and in Bolzano and Kassel, and from his involvement in the first ever European Music Campus, developed in conjunction with the EUYO, and which launches this July in Grafenegg, the Orchestra’s Summer Home and Principal Venue Partner.

We are delighted to announce that Vasily Petrenko, Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and current conductor for the second half of the EUYO 2014 Summer Tour will now take over these four additional performances. Maestro Petrenko said, ‘I am really happy to be able to help the EUYO out of a challenging situation and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work in even more depth and detail with one of the finest youth orchestras in the world. I believe there is a lot we can achieve together. This summer will be an exciting and rewarding journey, not only for me, but for these talented young musicians – and our audiences.’

Bychkov is next due to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic in September.