Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily’s Petrenko’s performances of Mahler Symphony No. 1 (23 January 2020) and Mahler Symphony No. 2 (27 February 2020) have won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Classical Music. The ceremony was held at the Savoy Hotel in London on Monday 19 July.
Both performances took place at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Mahler Symphony No.2 ‘Resurrection’ featured soprano Miah Persson, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir.
On winning the award Vasily Petrenko commented, ‘on behalf of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir it is my greatest honour to receive such a prestigious award. We had a terrific start to the Mahler cycle which was interrupted by the pandemic. We hope to get back to the exploration of Gustav Mahler’s great symphonies as soon as it is possible.”
Michael Eakin, Chief Executive at Liverpool Philharmonic said, “we’re delighted to win the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Classical Music. It is a fantastic accolade which comes as Vasily concludes his fifteen years with the Orchestra as Chief Conductor. We’re looking forward to continuing our wonderful musical partnership with him in the coming seasons with Vasily returning to Liverpool regularly as our Conductor Laureate.”
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