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Performer: 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)

 



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LondonOrigin Stories: Prometheus

© Minna Hatinen
Beethoven, Scriabin
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Yuja Wang; Philharmonia Voices

TokyoBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

© Suntory Hall
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen

TokyoBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

© Suntory Hall
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen

TokyoBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

© Suntory Hall
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen

MadridElektra - concert version

Elektra - concert version
Strauss R.: Elektra
Esa-Pekka Salonen; Teatro Real; Iréne Theorin; Anna Larsson; Lise Davidsen; Peixin Chen
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Beethoven keeps the flame burning

Esa-Pekka rehearses 1808 Reconstructed with the Philharmonia © Camilla Greenwell
Directed by Gerard McBurney, this concert recreated the marathon Akademie conducted by Beethoven in Vienna which saw the premieres of four major works. 
*****
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Twilight draws on LA Phil’s look back at Weimar Germany

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
The Los Angeles Philharmonic under Salonen look back at the dwindling twilight years of the Weimar Republic. 
****1
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Looking back at Weimar: Salonen conducts the LA Phil

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
The Los Angeles Philharmonic under Salonen inaugurates their musical retrospective of Weimar Germany. 
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Round the horn with the Philharmonia

Richard Watkins and Mark-Anthony Turnage © Courtesy of the Philharmonia

The Philharmonia marked the start of its 75th anniversary year with an absorbing portrait of the French horn in solo and orchestral guises.

*****
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Stirring conclusion to the Philharmonia’s sojourn in Weimar-era Berlin

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda

The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Weimar Berlin series came to an end with a fascinating programme of the familiar and unfamiliar.

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