Pavel Petrenko was born in St Petersburg and studied music at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Professor Ye.P. Kudryavtseva). From 2004-2006 he worked with the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company, where he regularly conducted the operas Rita, Il campanello, Viva la mamma, The Falcon and Il matrimonio segreto. In 2005 he participated in the Min-On international competition of symphony conductors in Tokyo. Since 2007 he has been a conductor of the Zazerkalye children's musical theatre, where he has conducted performances of the operas Die Zauberflцte and La Cenerentola and the operetta Die Fledermaus as well as other works. As a conductor, he collaborates with the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and the State Philharmonic Orchestra for Children and Young People. In 2009 he conducted a performance of the opera Kashchei the Immortal at Vyborg Castle with soloists and the Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Orchestra of the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company. He has also conducted the ballet Swan Lake several times with Konstantin Tachkin's company.