The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence
The New York Philharmonic has named composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, beginning in the 2015–16 season through 2017–18, a three-year appointment. During his first season the Orchestra will perform three of Mr. Salonen’s works, including World and New York Premieres, and he will conduct concerts during the Philharmonic’s Messiaen Week, as well as advise on new-music programming.
Esa-Pekka Salonen is principal conductor and artistic advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was music director from 1992 until 2009. He is artistic director and co-founder of the annual Baltic Sea Festival, which invites celebrated artists to promote unity and ecological awareness among the countries around the Baltic Sea.
Trained in the austere world of European modernism but also enjoying a close relationship with the sunny city of Los Angeles, Mr. Salonen composes works that move freely between contemporary idioms, combining intricacy and technical virtuosity with playful rhythmic and melodic innovations. He has written several works for symphony orchestra, including Foreign Bodies (2001), Insomnia (2002), and Wing on Wing (which received its World Premiere at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2004). In 2014 Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, where he was the first-ever creative chair, premiered Karawane, which the New York Philharmonic will perform in March 2016, to great acclaim. Mr. Salonen’s extensive recording career includes a disc of his orchestral works performed by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, on which he also conducted; his Piano Concerto (co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic) and Dichotomie, both performed by Yefim Bronfman, and Helix; and Out of Nowhere, featuring Nyx and Mr. Salonen’s Violin Concerto, which won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, performed by Leila Josefowicz and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In August 2015 Mr. Salonen led the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival and the BBC Proms. In the 2015–16 season he takes the Philharmonia Orchestra on tour to Switzerland and France and will lead the Myths and Rituals: Stravinsky’s Journeys
festival. Also this season, Mr. Salonen makes conducting appearances with the NDR, Bavarian Radio, and Chicago symphony orchestras; New York, Vienna, and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras; Orchestre de Paris; and the joint forces of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, united for the first time. He will also conduct Richard 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. Throughout their relationship, Mr. Salonen and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra have curated landmark multidisciplinary projects, such as the award-winning RE-RITE
and Universe of Sound
installations, which allow the public to conduct, play, and step inside the orchestra with Mr. Salonen through audio and video projections of musicians in performance. He also drove the development of The Orchestra,
a widely hailed iPad app that allows the user unprecedented access to eight symphonic works.
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