The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra led by its new Russian-born chief conductor Kirill Petrenko performed Beethoven's Ninth symphony to tens of thousands of people in front of the Brandenburg gate in Berlin on Saturday.

47-year-old Petrenko was born in Siberia and moved to Austria with his parents when he was 18 years old. He became the Berlin Philharmonic's seventh principal conductor in its 137-year history.

The open air concert which is part of celebrations marking 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall was held a day after Petrenko's inaugural performance with the orchestra.

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