Berlin Philharmonic finally nails its music director

Sixteen months after it elected Kirill Petrenko as music director, the Berlin Philharmonic expects him to sign a contract on October 6, at 2:30pm.

Petrenko has been playing hard to get. Since the election, he has extended his stay at Bavarian State Opera to 2021 (below) and has recently appeared in Berlin, to tumultuous acclaim, with the Bavarian orchestra.

He will not take up the baton as music director with the Berlin Philharmonic until 2019, a year after Sir Simon Rattle’s departure. But the contract signing will at least provide a measure of relief after months of uncertainty.

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  • “He will not take up the baton with the Berlin Philharmonic until 2019”:
    That’s wrong.

    “In the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 seasons, Kirill Petrenko will appear as a guest conductor with the Berliner Philharmoniker, and in 2018/2019 he will conduct several concert programmes both in Berlin and on tour.”

    For example Petrenko will conduct three concerts in Berlin and Baden-Baden in March/April 2017:

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