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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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Aix-en-ProvenceGrandeur et décadence de la ville de Mahagonny

Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Esa-Pekka Salonen; Ivo van Hove; An D'Huys; Karita Mattila; Alan Oke; Sir Willard White

Aix-en-ProvencePhilharmonia Orchestra – Sibelius Salonen Stravinsky

Sibelius, Salonen, Stravinsky
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Truls Mørk

Aix-en-ProvenceMetropolis de Fritz Lang – ciné-concert

Huppertz: Metropolis
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen

LondonProm 31: Brahms, Bruckner & Strauss

Brahms, Strauss R., Bruckner
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Lise Davidsen

StockholmThe Rhinegold according to Salonen - Concert Performance

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Esa-Pekka Salonen; Finnish National Opera; Tommi Hakala; Tuomas Pursio; Markus Nykanen; Tuomas Katajala
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The tamest nightclub in Berlin: Salonen goes to Weimar

Angela Denoke © Johan Persson
Esa-Pekka Salonen’s exploration of the Weimar Republic captures the seriousness but none of the fun of the turbulent artistic period.
***11
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Waterworld: firm musical foundations in Pelléas et Mélisande

Camilla Tilling (Mélisande) and Laurent Naouri (Golaud) © Sakari Viika
Marco Arturo Marelli's 2012 production lacks mystery but puts a fine Golaud centre stage, while Esa-Pekka Salonen ensures superior musical values in the pit. 
****1
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Salonen and Sellars preside over close of LA Phil Stravinsky series

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Salonen brings his Stravinsky retrospective to a close with a pair of Greek-inspired scores. 
***11
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Salonen's Stravinsky series kicks off in LA

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, arguably the conductor and orchestra par excellence of Stravinsky performance, debuts the first of their three-concert series dedicated to the former Angeleno. 
*****
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Musical painting from Marianne Crebassa and the Philharmonia

Marianne Crebassa © Thomas Bartel
Marianne Crebassa and Esa-Pekka Salonen take the audience on a dazzling musical journey from Rome to Asia.
****1
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