Salonen and Wang Perform Messiaen

The New York Philharmonic

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Salonen and Wang Perform Messiaen

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-99

Duration

1 hour & 15 minutes no intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

10

Mar, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM

11

Mar, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM

12

Mar, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Part of Messiaen Week

“Superhuman, overflowing, dazzling and abandoned.” So said Messiaen of his surreal exploration of romantic love and death. Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen, conducting these concerts, loves its “outrageous, limitless, free nature … sweet melodies spiced with the otherworldly sound of the ondes martenot, Southern Indian rhythms … birdsong and outrageous dances.”

Program

Messiaen

Turangalîla-symphonie

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Artists

Esa-Pekka Salonen

The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, 2015–18

Esa-Pekka Salonen

The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, 2015–18

Esa-Pekka Salonen

The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, 2015–18

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s restless innovation drives him constantly to reposition classical music in the 21st century. He is currently the principal conductor and artistic advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and the conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This is his final of three seasons as The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic and his second of five as artist-in-association at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. Additionally, Mr. Salonen is artistic director and cofounder of the annual Baltic Sea Festival, now in its 16th year, which invites celebrated artists to promote unity and ecological awareness among the countries around the Baltic Sea. He serves as an advisor to the Sync Project, a global initiative to harness the power of music for human health.

Mr. Salonen’s compositions move freely between contemporary idioms, combining intricacy and technical virtuosity with playful rhythmic and melodic innovations. The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs all of Mr. Salonen’s concertos in February 2018, with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Yefim Bronfman, and violinist Leila Josefowicz — the musicians for whom the works were written. The Violin Concerto won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award and was featured in a 2014 international Apple ad campaign for iPad. The Barbican Centre in London has a season-long focus on Mr. Salonen’s music, including the European Premiere of a new work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Salonen and the Philharmonia have experimented in groundbreaking ways to present music, with the first major virtual-reality production from a U.K. symphony orchestra; the award-winning RE-RITE and Universe of Sound installations, which have allowed people all over the world to conduct, play, and step inside the orchestra through audio and video projections; and The Orchestra, the much-hailed app for iPad that allows users unprecedented access to the internal workings of eight symphonic works.

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Yuja Wang

Piano

Yuja Wang

Piano

Yuja Wang

Piano

Pianist Yuja Wang’s 2017–18 season features recitals, concert series, and tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors. She began the summer of 2017 on tour with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas and a program featuring Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, followed by a performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lionel Bringuier. Later engagements include concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, a series of performances at the Verbier Festival, and a three-city German tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. She also embarks on play-conduct tours with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and joins Jaap van Zweden’s inaugural tour with the New York Philharmonic and the final tour of Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s directorship with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Other notable appearances include concerts in Hong Kong, Miami, Prague, Tel Aviv, Berlin, and Washington, D.C.

In the winter of 2017 Ms. Wang reunites with violinist and frequent collaborator Leonidas Kavakos for a European chamber tour, and in the spring of 2018 she embarks on a recital tour to premier venues in the U.S. and Europe, which includes stops in New York City, San Francisco, Rome, Vienna, Berlin, and Paris.

Yuja Wang was born into a musical family in Beijing. After childhood piano studies in China, she received advanced training in Canada and at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music with Gary Graffman. Her international breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Two years later she signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and has since established her place among the world’s leading artists with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings. Ms. Wang was named Musical America’s Artist of the Year for 2017.

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Valérie Hartmann-Claverie

Ondes martenot, <em>ondes Martenot</em>

Valérie Hartmann-Claverie

Ondes martenot, <em>ondes Martenot</em>

Ondes martenot, <em>ondes Martenot</em>

Valérie Hartmann-Claverie studied piano, harp, ondes martenot, and chamber music in college, and continued her study of the ondes martenot at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique with Jeanne Loriod. She made her concert debut in Vienna in 1973, and now performs throughout Europe and with orchestras such as the London, BBC (London and Manchester), Boston, Vienna, and Vienna Radio symphony orchestras; the Berlin, Munich, Netherlands Radio, New York, and Oslo philharmonic orchestras; and the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, New Japan Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Hamburg Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, SWR Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. She has worked with conductors including Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Kurt Masur, Marek Janowski, Hans Vonk, Lothar Zagrosek, Leif Segerstam, Reinbert de Leeuw, Hubert Soudant, Eliahu Inbal, Myung-Whun Chung, Zubin Mehta, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Edo de Waart, Daniel Harding, Sylvain Cambreling, Pascal Rophé, Bertrand de Billy, Hans Zender, Pierre Boulez, Jukka Pekka Sarasate, Ingo Metzmacher, Charles Dutoit, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. She took part in the creation of Olivier Messiaen’s opera Saint François d’Assise, which she is regularly invited to play around the world. Ms. Hartmann-Claverie was a member of the Jeanne Loriod Sextet from its 1974 founding until 1995, and in 1996 she founded the quartet Ondes de Choc. She also collaborated with Radiohead, playing live with Thom Yorke for a show organized by the French television channel Canal+. Jonny Greenwood, Radiohead’s guitarist and ondist, later offered her the opportunity to interpret and record his piece Smear for the first time in London; it was ultimately included in Greenwood’s sound track to the film There Will Be Blood. Valérie Hartmann-Claverie teaches the ondes martenot at the Paris Conservatoire.

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Special Thanks

Esa-Pekka Salonen is The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence.

These concerts are made possible through generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Inc.

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