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Artiste: Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Esa-Pekka Salonen
© Clive Barda

Esa-Pekka Salonen has a restless innovation that marks him as one of the most important artists in classical music. Salonen is the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. This season will find him as the Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, a three-year position. He is Artistic Director and cofounder of the annual Baltic Sea Festival, which invites celebrated artists to promote unity and ecological awareness among the countries around the Baltic Sea.

Salonen takes the Philharmonia Orchestra to the Edinburgh International Festival, the BBC Proms, on tour in Switzerland and France, and will lead the “Myths and Rituals” festival, an exploration of Stravinsky's work that continues into next season. He will make guest appearances with the North German and Bavarian radio symphony orchestras; the New York, Vienna, and Los Angeles philharmonics; the Orchestre de Paris, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in addition to conducting Strauss's Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera, and Bartók's Le Château de Barbe-Bleue and Poulenc's La Voix Humaine at the Paris Opera.

Salonen's work combines intricacy and technical virtuosity with playful rhythmic and melodic innovations. His pieces for symphony orchestra include LA Variations (1996), Foreign Bodies (2001), Insomnia (2002), Wing on Wing (2004), and Nyx (2011), as well as two concertos: for pianist Yefim Bronfman and for violinist Leila Josefowicz. The latter was awarded the prestigious Grawemeyer Award and was featured in a 2014 international Apple ad campaign for iPad. In 2014 the Tonhalle Zurich Orchestra, where he was the first-ever Creative Chair, premiered Karawane for orchestra and chorus, to great acclaim. Karawane will be performed this season by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. 

Salonen and the Philharmonia have curated landmark multi-disciplinary projects, such as the award-winning RE-RITE and Universe of Sound installations, which allow the public to conduct, play, and step inside the Philharmonia with Salonen through audio and video projections. Salonen also drove the development of an app for iPad, The Orchestra, which allows the user unprecedented access to the internal workings of eight symphonic works. 

(As of August 3, 2015)

 



Spectacles à venirEn voir plus...

LeicesterSalonen conducts The Firebird

© Camilla Greenwell
Strauss R., Sibelius, Stravinsky
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay

LondresHorn Calls

© Camilla Greenwell
Weber, Turnage, Britten, Strauss R.
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Richard Watkins; Allan Clayton

LondresVoices of 1945

© Camilla Greenwell
Vaughan Williams, Strauss R., Stravinsky
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Tom Blomfield

Los AngelesThe Weimar Republic: Germany 1918-1933 Weill's Violin concerto with Salonen

Hindemith, Weill, Bach
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Carolin Widmann

Los AngelesThe Weimar Republic: Germany 1918-1933 Salonen conducts The Seven Deadly Sins

Hindemith, Weill
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Simon McBurney; Gerard McBurney
Critiques récentesEn voir plus...

Salonen, Mørk et le Philharmonia : drôles d’oiseaux au Festival d’Aix

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Au Grand Théâtre de Provence, à Aix, un Esa-Pekka Salonen survolté a poussé dans ses retranchements l'excellent Philharmonia Orchestra, dans un programme fait de vagues et d'oiseaux. 

Bruckner transfiguré, avec Esa-Pekka Salonen et le Philharmonia

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Esa-Pekka Salonen et le Philharmonia Orchestra étaient au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées pour un programme Wagner, Schönberg et Bruckner. Un coup de maître.

Chéreau vit encore : l'Opéra Bastille consacre De la maison des morts

© Elisa Haberer | Opéra national de Paris
Créé il y a dix ans à Vienne, triomphe au Festival d’Aix qui a suivi, De la maison des morts, dans la mise en scène de Patrice Chéreau, est enfin donné sur la scène de Bastille, ici encore sous l’impulsion bienveillante de Stéphane Lissner.

Un programme d'exception à Garnier

Eleonora Abbagnato et les danseurs du Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris dans Le Sacre du Printemps © Agathe Poupeney | Opéra national de Paris, 2017
La musique de Stravinsky aurait pu être la ligne directrice de cette soirée, qui débutait avec Agon et se terminait par le Sacre du Printemps (version Pina Bausch). Mais Grand Miroir, la nouvelle création de Saburo Teshigawara, suspend le fil musical de Stravinsky par une parenthèse plus méditative : le Violin Concerto composé et dirigé par Esa-Pekka Salonen.

L’onirique Pélléas et Mélisande de Katie Mitchell au Festival d'Aix

Barbara Hanngan (Mélisande), Laurent Naouri (Golaud) © Patrick Berger / Artcomart
Surréaliste, psychanalytique, ce Pélléas et Mélisande l’est donc assurément. Mais c’est peut-être sa naïveté, sa tendresse presque enfantine, qui l’emporte.