Vasily Petrenko wins Male Artist award at the Classic BRIT Awards

Conductor Vasily Petrenko picks up the Male Artist award at this year's Classic BRITs

Photo: Mark McNulty

Vasily Petrenko's huge selection of recordings in the last year have secured him the Male Artist of the year award at this year's Classic BRIT Awards.

Petrenko managed to fend off competition from Lang Lang and Andrea Bocelli in his category. His various releases include discs of Shostakovich symphonies and Rachmaninov.

He said: "This award I think is not so much for me, but the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra!"

Welsh singer Cerys Matthews was on hand to present the award.