The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s chief conductor has been voted Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017.
Vasily Petrenko was presented with the prestigious accolade during a London ceremony after being chosen by the public.
The conductor, who was previously named Gramophone Classical Music Awards Young Artist of the Year in 2007, is said by Gramaphone’s editor in chief, James Jolly, to have “made the step up to a new level of musicianship and has the ability to take audiences with him on his musical journey”.
During the presentation Gramaphone paid tribute to Petrenko’s work with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and its critically acclaimed recordings of Tchaikovsky and Elgar symphonies.
Petrenko, who flew in from rehearsals in Moscow to attend the awards, says: “I’m honoured to receive this award and thank Gramophone, the members of the public who voted for me, and my colleagues at Liverpool Philharmonic. They’re great musicians and it’s a privilege to make music with them in concerts and on recordings. I’m looking forward to working together on many more exciting projects.”