VASILY PETRENKO is in the running for a major classical music award.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s chief conductor is a finalist in the Classic BRIT awards male artist of the year category.
He is up against international tenor Andrea Bocelli and Chinese pianist Lang Lang in the annual awards, which will be presented at the Royal Albert Hall on October 2.
Other Classic BRIT nominees include André Rieu, violinist Nicola Benedetti, trumpet player Alison Balsom and Hollywood composer John Williams, who will be presented with a lifetime achievement award.
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old Russian conductor has been announced as a winner in the prestigious German ECHO Classic Awards 2012 young talent category for his recording with the RLPO of Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony.
Petrenko will also take charge on the podium and conduct an orchestra which will play at the awards ceremony in the Berlin Konzerthaus on October 14.
The event will be broadcast on national TV by German station ZDF on the same evening.
And Liverpool-born Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker will receive the award for symphonic recording of the year.