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Biography
Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen is the Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Conductor Laureate for both the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He co-founded the annual Baltic Sea Festival, serving as Artistic Director until 2018. He leads the Negaunee Conducting Program at the Colburn School. Salonen has composed more than 50 works, ranging from pieces for small ensembles to full orchestra, including three major concertos for violin, cello, and piano. His Grawemeyer Award–winning Violin Concerto was featured in an international Apple ad campaign for the iPad. He has released more than 50 albums as both conductor and composer, including a 61-disc box set of his complete Sony recordings. He is also known as an adopter of emerging technology; he has recently experimented with virtual reality and co-created the award-winning app The Orchestra. Salonen is an honorary Knight of the British Empire and a Commander, First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland.

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