Mahler 9 x 9
Kirill Petrenko conducts his first Mahler-cycle in Vorarlberg.
A remarkable project for the Symphony Orchestra of Vorarlberg has been announced: Kirill Petrenko, recently chosen by over 50 journalist as ´Conductor of the Year´ has chosen the Symphony Orchestra of Vorarlberg as orchestra for his first Mahler-cycle of his career. Starting in September 2008 he will, within the next 9 years, work on all 9 completed symphonies by Gustav Mahler chronologically and perform them with the Symphony Orchestra of Vorarlberg at the Festival Theatre in Bregenz and the Montforthaus in Feldkirch.
According to Michael Löbl, manager of the Symphony Orchestra of Vorarlberg, the idea arose in the summer of 2006, when Petrenko performed the 4th Symphony of Franz Schmidt with the orchestra during the Bregenz Festival. It was his wish to first study the Mahler-symphonies with an orchestra that provides him with sufficient rehearsal time. The Symphony Orchestra can offer Petrenko six or seven rehearsals per year and per symphony.
Kirill Petrenko comes from Omsk (Siberia) but grew up in Vorarlberg, where he first studied piano at the Conservatory of Feldkirch. He was Kapellmeister at the Volksoper Vienna from 1997 till 1999, music director at the opera in Meiningen from 1999 until 2002, and at the Komische Oper Berlin until 2007.
He works with the most important orchestras, like the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra, and at the biggest opera houses like the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Special interest attracts his cycle of Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin-inspired operas, which he created with the director Peter Stein at the Opéra de Lyon. During recent years Petrenko has collaborated regularly and successfully with the Symphony Orchestra in Vorarlberg, his adopted youth country.