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Esa-Pekka Salonen

Born: 1958

Nationality: Finnish

Publisher: Chester Music

Photo © Katja Tähjä


Esa-Pekka Salonen has progressed through a number of stylistic phases during his career as a composer. In the late 1970s when he was studying with Rautavaara at the Sibelius Academy, he wrote in a lyrical, neo-Romantic style; a few years later, after studying in Italy with Donatoni and Castiglioni, he adopted strict serial principals, notably in his Yta series of solo pieces. For a number of years after his conducting career took off in 1983, he had little time for composition, but began to write once again in the mid-1990s, mostly in larger forms, with a new sense of energy, joie de vivre and orchestral brilliance.

Esa-Pekka Salonen is the star of the recently released app The Orchestra created in conjunction with Touch Press and the Philharmonia Orchestra. For more information on The Orchestra App, click here
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