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Performer: Esa-Pekka Salonen

Biography
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)

 



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LondonSalonen and Bartók Concertos

© Benjamin Suomela
Sibelius, Salonen, Bartók
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Truls Mørk

LondonEsa-Pekka Salonen: French and Italian Masterpieces

© Simon Fowler
Debussy, Berio, Donatoni, Ravel, Respighi
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Marianne Crebassa

DortmundPhilharmonia Orchestra & Esa-Pekka Salonen

© Benjamin Suomela
Schoenberg, Bruckner
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen

Frankfurt am MainPhilharmonia Orchestra & Esa-Pekka Salonen

© Benjamin Suomela
Wagner, Schoenberg, Bruckner
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen

LondonWeimar Berlin: Cabaret

© Autumn de Wilde
Weill, Eisler, Krenek, Hindemith
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Audra McDonald
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Salonen continues his late Romantic traversal

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
In the second of the two concerts this week to open the Philharmonia's season, Salonen excels in the Schoenberg, while leaving space for debate in the Bruckner.
***11
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End of the world hysteria launches Philharmonia season opener

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
In Bruckner Six, Salonen simply jumped the red lights and kept driving.
****1
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Baltic Sea Festival celebrates a cherished conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra © Arne Hyckenberg
Esa-Pekka Salonen brings the Baltic Sea Festival to an end in an eclectic, risk-taking programme of music by Biber, Beethoven and himself.
*****
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Nordin’s new large-scale multimedia work disappoints

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Martin Fröst © Micke Grönberg | Sveriges Radio
For all its ambition, the première of Jesper Nordin’s Emerging from Currents and Waves at the Baltic Sea Festival consisted of little more than slick surfaces and displays of overload
*1111
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Brilliance and excitement in Salonen’s Webern, Mahler and Wagner

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
In a fin de siècle programme, Salonen and the Philharmonia demonstrated visceral excitement, and found ways to reinvent. 
****1
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