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Salonen and Wang Perform Messiaen


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 15 minutes no intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Mar, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Mar, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM


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.”





Esa-Pekka Salonen


Esa-Pekka Salonen


Esa-Pekka Salonen


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. The 2016–17 season is his first of five as artist-in-association of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. Mr. Salonen is also artistic director and co-founder of the annual Baltic Sea Festival, now in its 14th year, which invites celebrated artists to promote unity and ecological awareness among the countries around the Baltic Sea.

In the 2016–17 season Mr. Salonen conducts the premieres of a piano concerto by Haukur Tómasson, a concerto for four horns by Tansy Davies (and reprises the work in its New York Premiere with the New York Philharmonic), and Stravinsky’s newly rediscovered Funeral Song, thought to have been lost in the Russian Revolution. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mr. Salonen co-curates the Reykjavík Festival, bringing Iceland’s contemporary music scene together with the orchestra for four days. At Carnegie Hall he conducts three concerts with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, which he led in Richard Strauss’s Elektra, one of the most critically praised productions of The Met’s 2015–16 season.

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s compositions combine intricacy and technical virtuosity with playful rhythmic and melodic innovations. In the 2016–17 season the New York Philharmonic will give the New York Premiere of his new Cello Concerto, with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist; rejoin Mr. Ma in the European Premiere of the Cello Concerto on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour; and give the New York Premiere of Mr. Salonen’s Wing on Wing, which was written for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s inaugural season at the Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall and includes recordings of Southern California’s plainfin midshipman fish and distorted samples of Mr. Gehry’s voice. The Cello Concerto will also be performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Salonen.

Mr. Salonen and the Philharmonia continue their groundbreaking experimentation with how to present music with a digital takeover of the Southbank Centre, featuring the first major virtual-reality production from a U.K. symphony orchestra, as well as the Philharmonia’s 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. Mr. Salonen also drove the development of a much-hailed app for iPad, The Orchestra, which allows the user unprecedented access to the internal workings of eight symphonic works. He also serves as an advisor to the Sync Project, a global initiative to harness the power of music for human health.


Yuja Wang


Yuja Wang


Yuja Wang


Pianist Yuja Wang is ready to register fresh achievements during 2016–17 when she returns to China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts as artist-in-residence, connecting her with new audiences in Beijing and beyond. There, in addition to performing six concerts, Ms. Wang will lead master classes and participate in outreach projects.

Ms. Wang’s forthcoming schedule embraces a broad range of repertoire, from Chopin and Shostakovich to Ravel and Schubert. Bartók’s three piano concertos stand as focal points throughout her 2016–17 season, programmed individually for performances in Cleveland, Dallas, Guangzhou, Stockholm, Taiwan, and Toronto, and as a group for concerts in May and June with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Gustavo Dudamel.

Other highlights include appearances at the 2016 Salzburg, Tanglewood, and Verbier festivals, a return to the Hollywood Bowl, season-opening performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick-Nézet-Séguin, and major tours of Asia and Europe with the San Francisco Symphony and the Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, respectively. She is also set to tour with percussionist Martin Grubinger and violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and will undertake a 13-concert European recital tour next March and April.

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 under 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.

Yuja Wang has been named Musical America’s 2017 Artist of the Year. 

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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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