Esa-Pekka Salonen is principal conductor and artistic advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was music director from 1992–2009 and was widely credited with revitalizing that organization as well as bringing the idea of the symphony orchestra into the 21st century. At both organizations, he has pioneered several award-winning festivals, installations, and collaborations. As a composer, his pieces Floof and LA Variations have become established modern classics, and new compositions continue to be performed around the globe. In addition to his work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra, he performs frequently as a guest with the world’s top orchestras. During the 2013–14 season, he makes appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Filarmonica della Scala.
Mr. Salonen has an extensive recording career of wide-ranging repertoire including works by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Mahler, Bartók, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Berlioz, Pärt, Sibelius, Janáček, Lutosławski, Dutilleux, and Strauss, and he has earned a Grammy Award and two Grammy nominations. Recordings of his own works include the Violin Concerto and Nyx, with Leila Josefowicz and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, a CD of his orchestral works performed by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and a CD with his Piano Concerto (which the New York Philharmonic co-commissioned and premiered), along with Helix and Dichotomie.
In 1995 he received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Opera Award and two years later the Society’s Conductor Award. He was awarded the Litteris et Artibus medal, one of Sweden’s highest honors, by the King of Sweden in 1996. In 1998 the French government awarded him the rank of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He was also honored with the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland. Mr. Salonen has received seven honorary doctorates in four different countries. Musical America named him its Musician of the Year in 2006, and he was elected as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.
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