Jul 03, 2018

By Andy Johnson

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London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has named Vasily Petrenko to succeed Charles Dutoit who stepped down as artistic director and principal conductor.

Petrenko will be the orchestra’s music director, a broad role that incorporates Dutoit’s former position.

The 42-year-old Russian conductor, who is the chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, will begin his tenure at the beginning of the 2021-22 season.

Dutoit, who is 81, was facing multiple allegations of sexual assault. His departure had been scheduled for October 2019, but it was brought forward after The Associated Press reported that three opera singers and a classical musician had accused him of sexually assault between 1985 and 2010.

Similar allegations were made by Canadian musicians while Dutoit conducted the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 2002.

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