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Esa-Pekka Salonen

Publisher: Chester Music

One of the most powerful figures in the global classical music industry. — The Financial Times

Salonen is a skillful dramatist who masters the sustained tension in such a way that even his colleagues from the movie industry must be peering in wonder at this Finn.— Manfred Müller, Kölnische Rundschau

Salonen the composer is much like Salonen the conductor. There's tremendous technique, intellect, charm and musicality there, but also an emotional diffidence.— Richard Morrison, The Times

Salonen’s recent orchestral scores have an assertive, luminous tonal confidence that seems to state ‘problem solved’ – even if it does so in kaleidoscopically rich colours.— Martin Anderson, Tempo
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Career Highlights:
  • 2015 begins tenure as the Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic
  • 2014 awarded the Nemmers Prize in Music Composition
  • 2014 appointed as seminal Creative Chair of Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
  • 2011 Violin Concerto wins Grawemeyer music award
  • 2011 appointed artist-in-residence at Festival Présences, Paris
  • 2008 appointed principal conductor of Philharmonia Orchestra, London
  • 2002 founded Baltic Sea Festival
  • 1997 LA Variations premiered in Los Angeles
  • 1995-6 appointed Artistic Director of Helsinki Festival
  • 1992 appointed Music Director of Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 1985 appointed chief conductor of Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • 1983 co-founded Avanti! Chamber Orchestra in Finland with Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • 1981 completed first large-scale work…auf den ersten Blick und ohne zu wissen…

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