Esa-Pekka Salonen

Composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen reignited the music scene in Los Angeles when he assumed the Music Directorship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Esa-Pekka helped move the orchestra into Walt Disney Concert Hall where Yarlung has had the privilege of making several recordings.  Martin Chalifour plays Esa-Pekka’s Lachen verlernt on Martin’s second CD, Martin Chalifour and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.   As Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote, "Salonen turned the Los Angeles Philharmonic into the most intellectually lively orchestra in America. … the metamorphosis of the Philharmonic was Salonen’s doing, and he thereby gained a place among the visionary conductors of American musical history."

On Yarlung’s latest release, James Matheson, Esa-Pekka conducts the Matheson violin concerto with soloist Baird Dodge and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Esa-Pekka Salonen has a restless innovation that marks him as one of the most important artists in classical music. The Boston Globe has said that he displays "a kind of complete musicianship rarely encountered today.” Salonen is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. 

Trained in the austere world of European modernism and enjoying a close relationship with the sunny city of Los Angeles where he chooses to make his principal home, Salonen composes works that move freely between contemporary idioms, combining intricacy and technical virtuosity with playful rhythmic and melodic innovations. 

Photo: Katja Tahja

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