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Performer: Esa-Pekka Salonen

Biography
Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
© 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)

 



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Mahler: Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
Orchestre de Paris; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Romeo Castellucci; Golda Schultz; Marianne Crebassa; Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris

Los AngelesStrauss, Smith and Salonen

Salonen, Smith, Strauss R.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; James McVinnie

Los AngelesPekka Kuusisto and Ellen Reid

Muhly, Reid
LA Phil New Music Group; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Pekka Kuusisto
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LondonMahler 3

Philharmonia Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony no. 3 in D minor
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Michelle DeYoung; Philharmonia Voices; Tiffin Boys' Choir

ParisOrchestre de Paris / Esa-Pekka Salonen

Shostakovich, Bruckner
Orchestre de Paris; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Gautier Capuçon
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A Baltic phoenix: Esa-Pekka Salonen brings Stockholm back to life

After hosting 18 months of concerts without audience, Berwaldhallen comes back to life with the Baltic Sea Festival and its phenomenal opening concert as intelligent as it is overwhelming.
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Goodbye, Esa-Pekka: the Philharmonia celebrates in style

A concert with a considerable sense of occasion, as the orchestra bids the Finn farewell from his Philharmonia post. 
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New York Phil and Esa-Pekka Salonen at The Shed: a new beginning

As Esa-Pekka Salonen reaffirmed in his brief introductory statement, “nothing can replace the ritual of a live event”.
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Listening to arrangements of Bach is like Dostoevsky’s challenge not to think about polar bears. It’s best to put the Bach out of your thoughts, even if “the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.”
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Esa-Pekka Salonen pairs Sibelius' last two symphonies in his concert with the Orchestre de Paris
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Trying to rekindle the public’s interest for a rarely played work, Salonen and his collaborators took an unusual approach.
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