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RLPO reveals new chief conductor for Liverpool

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has announced the name of the conductor who will take over the baton in the city from next year.

Domingo Hindoyan will succeed Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko who is leaving the RLPO after 15 years.

The new Chief Conductor Designate thrilled the audience in a dazzling concert at the Phil earlier this year when he appeared with fellow Venezuelan, trumpet player Pacho Flores.

And he was tipped then to be a frontrunner to replace 43-year-old Petrenko by Arts City Liverpool among others.

Domingo Hindoyan was born in Caracas in 1980, the son of a violinist (and former president of the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela) and a lawyer at the Venezuelan parliament.

He started his musical career studying the violin and was a member of the acclaimed El Sistema education programme on which Liverpool’s In Harmony project is based.

Along with becoming Chief Conductor Designate at Liverpool he is also currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Hindoyan was due to return to Liverpool this month to conduct a performance of Verdi’s Requiem until concerts were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. He is due to feature in three concerts during the 2020/21 season.

Domingo Hindoyan with Pacho Flores and the RLPO. Top: Domingo Hindoyan. Photos by Mark McNulty.

He said today: “Since the very first time I worked with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, I encountered an amazing group of musicians whose warm personalities and passion for music shone through. This orchestra is a great collective force formed by brilliant individuals.

"What excited me was not only the orchestra but the vibrant city of Liverpool and its historic connection with music and sports. An orchestra is a fundamental ambassador for the arts, and together our priorities will be to preserve the great heritage of the music we perform, welcome audiences with unprecedented sounds, and build the future for new generations with fruitful educational projects.

"I'm thrilled to be the new Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and know that together we will lead a new chapter in its musical history.”

Vasily Petrenko is leaving Liverpool to become Chief Conductor at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He will remain associated with Liverpool as a Conductor Laureate.

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