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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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LondonEsa-Pekka Salonen: Gurrelieder

© Minna Hatinen
Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Alwyn Mellor; Michelle DeYoung; Robert Dean Smith; Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

SalzburgVienna Philharmonic · Esa-Pekka SalonenVienna Philharmonic

Strauss R., Berio, Bartók
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen

LondonProm 36: Mahler, Wagner and Webern

Webern, Mahler, Wagner
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Anja Kampe; Robert Dean Smith; Franz-Josef Selig

StockholmFröst, Salonen and Nordin

Fröst, Salonen and Nordin
Nordin: Emerging from the Currents and Waves
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Martin Fröst; Virpi Pahkinen

StockholmCongratulations Esa-Pekka!

Congratulations Esa-Pekka!
Biber, Salonen, Beethoven
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Truls Mørk
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Esa-Pekka Salonen leads an outstanding Transfigured Night in Chicago

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Dame Mitsuko Uchida again brought out her outstanding musicality and special charisma in Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto.
****1
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Thrilling Beethoven and Mahler in Antwerp

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
A night to remember in Antwerp as Salonen and the Philharmonia demonstrated once again that, in the right hands, familiar repertory can still prove compelling and even surprising.
*****
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A world première and a subscription debut with New York Philharmonic

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
In her newest work, Metacosmos, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir proves again to be an artist of deep originality.
****1
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Salonen revives Wing On Wing... and it flies!

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Salonen's tribute to Gehry, Yasuhisa Toyota and Deborah Borda seems to come more from his brilliant visual palette than his emotional heart. 
****1
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A rousing reunion for Esa-Pekka Salonen and the LA Phil

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Esa-Pekka Salonen's return to Walt Disney concert hall highlighted his gifts as composer and conductor alike and underscored how an orchestra can sound genuinely 21st century.
*****
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