Petrenko Academy
for Conductors

JULY 2-6, 2024

The Violin Channel: Vasily Petrenko Launches Academy For Young Conductors

The Academy offers an opportunity for young conductors to improve their skills and gain experience under the guidance of the world-leading conductor, the Chairman of the Primavera Foundation Artistic Council maestro Vasily Petrenko. The Academy invites young conductors from all over the world to Armenia, therefore bringing Yerevan to the spotlight of classical music aficionados and professionals.

Four-day intensive educational program, aimed at improving the musical, social, and mental skills essential for a conductor’s career, with a final gala evening bringing Conductors Academy students to conduct a concert on the stage!


2-6 July

Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall

Russian /

If you are filling out the application form from Russia, please use this link

What active participants will get:

  • Four days working with an orchestra on stage for up to 20 minutes per day, three training days plus a dress rehearsal
  • Three individual sessions with Vasily Petrenko
  • Active participation in Vasily Petrenko’s Workshop: The Secrets of a Conductor Job Beyond Music
  • Gala-concert: leading an orchestra on stage. The performance will feature successful active Academy participants at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan on 6 July 2024

A maximum of SIX active participants will be selected. Those applicants who are not selected as active participants will be able to come to the Academy as an audience and join Vasily Petrenko’s Workshop: The Secrets of a Conductor Job Beyond Music.

Before filling in the application please make sure that you fit the criteria:

  • Professional higher musical education in the field of conducting, completed or ongoing
  • Proven participation in conducting master-classes/training programs
  • Minimum two recent non-edited videos (preferably the view from an orchestra)
  • Motivational letter up to 300 words
  • Biography
  • A photo in JPG format (high resolution)
  • $30 application fee payment confirmation

Successful applicants will be notified by email and announced on the Primavera Foundation Armenia and Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra social media profiles:


Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, «Eroica»
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Coriolan Overture Op. 62

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 99 in E-flat major
Symphony No. 101 in D Major “The Clock”

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Carl Maria von Weber
Der Freischütz overture Op. 77
Euryanthe overture

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 36 in C major
Symphony No.39 in E-flat major

Felix Mendelssohn
Hebrides (Fingal Cave) overture

Igor Stravinsky
The Firebird Suite

Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No. 1, Op. 25 “Classical”


03 June,

Active Participants Applications Deadline (by midnight Yerevan time)

10 June,

Successful Applicants Announcement

13 June,

Active Participation Payment Deadline

02 – 04 July,
Tuesday – Thursday

16:00 – 19:00
Daily Training Sessions With an Orchestra, and three Individual In-Person Consultations With Vasily Petrenko

05 July,

Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra Performance
Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
Program: Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No.8

06 July,

The Secrets of a Conductor Job Beyond Music.
A Workshop by Vasily Petrenko




Every applicant must submit along with the application:

  • Minimum two recent non-edited videos (preferably the view from an orchestra)
  • Motivational letter up to 300 words
  • Short biography
  • One photo in JPG format (high resolution)
  • Application fee payment confirmation


Participants who were born between 1989 – 2006
Age verification is required upon registration


Professional higher musical education (finished or ongoing)  in the field of conducting. Proven participation in conducting master-classes and training programs


English / Russian


Application fee

$30. Your application will only be considered after we receive the application fee

Active participation fee:

$1500 for non-Armenian citizens
$750 for Armenian citizens

Entrance as an auditor:

Free for those who applied but were not selected as active participants

Travel expenses:

The selected candidate must cover their travel expenses to the Academy. The Primavera Foundation Armenia is not responsible for any costs associated with this journey

Instructions for sending the application fee

How to wire transfer an application fee:

1. Go to the “Support Us” page.
2.  Enter the amount: Application fee $30 and your card details
3. Add to the comment section: “(Name Surname), Maestro Vasily Petrenko’s Academy For Conductors Application fee”
4. Or use our bank details to transfer via wire transfer


Music Director,
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Chief Conductor,
European Union Youth Orchestra

Conductor Laureate,
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Associate Conductor,
Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León

Vasily Petrenko is the Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (since 2021), and Chief Conductor of the European Union Youth Orchestra (since 2015). He is Conductor Laureate of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, following his hugely acclaimed fifteen year tenure as their Chief Conductor from 2006-2021, and has also served as Principal Guest Conductor and subsequently Artistic Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (2016-2022), Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (2013-2020), Principal Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (2009–2013), and Principal Guest Conductor of St Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theatre, where he began his career as Resident Conductor (1994–1997).

He has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), St Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Czech Philharmonic, NHK Symphony and Sydney Symphony orchestras. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, Grafenegg Festival and made frequent appearances at the BBC Proms. Recent years have seen a series of highly successful North American debuts, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and the San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Montréal and St Louis Symphony orchestras.

Equally at home in the opera house, and with over thirty operas in his repertoire, Vasily Petrenko made his debuts in 2010 at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Macbeth) and the Opéra de Paris (Eugene Onegin), and in recent seasons has also conducted at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, Zürich Opera and Bayerische Staatsoper. In the 19/20 season, he also made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York with a production of The Queen of Spades.

Vasily Petrenko has established a strongly defined profile as a recording artist. Amongst a wide discography, his Shostakovich symphony cycle for Naxos Records with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has garnered worldwide acclaim. With the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, he has recently released cycles of Scriabin’s symphonies and Strauss’ tone poems.

In September 2017, Vasily Petrenko was honored with the Artist of the Year award at the prestigious annual Gramophone Awards, one decade on from receiving their Young Artist of the Year award in October 2007. In 2010, he won the Male Artist of the Year at the Classical BRIT Awards and is only the second person to have been awarded Honorary Doctorates by both the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University (in 2009), and an Honorary Fellowship of the Liverpool John Moores University (in 2012), awards which recognise the immense impact he has had on the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the city’s cultural scene.

Vasily Petrenko was born in 1976 and started his music education at the St Petersburg Capella Boys Music School – Russia’s oldest music school. He then studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire where he participated in masterclasses with such luminary figures as Ilya Musin, Mariss Jansons and Yuri Temirkanov.