Susanna Malkki led works by Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Esa-Pekka Salonen in an impressive follow-up to her debut with the orchestra in 2015.
Photo by Adam Crane. Esa-Pekka Salonen, seen above on the Santa Monica beach in 2008, will be the subject of a Total Immersion program at the Barbican on Sunday. The day will culminate in BBC Symphony performances of Wing on...
The most celebrated Finnish conductor reflects on his country’s essence.
A press release arrived about Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s planned programming for next year, and hoo boy, it's pretty great. You may recall that she stepped in for Esa-Pekka Salonen, who withdrew owing to his composing schedule.From the...Show More Summary
James Matheson Violin Concerto, String Quartet, Time Alone Baird Dodge, violin; Chicago Symphony, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen; Color Field Quartet Laura Strickling, soprano; Thomas Sauer, piano Yarlung Records On his latest CD for Yarlung, composer James Matheson presents strong essays in both the concerto and string quartet genres. Show More Summary
Yo-Yo Ma Premieres Salonen Concerto in New York March 15, 2017 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey NEW YORK – One of the most eagerly anticipated New York premieres of 2017 was Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto, written for Yo-Yo Ma. It had been presented shortly before by the Chicago Symphony, and buzz had grown around […]
It was yet another Los Angeles Philharmonic Thursday night subscription concert. The orchestra’s conductor laureate, Esa-Pekka Salonen, was once again on hand. The orchestra, as usual, had invited a big-name soloist. And the L.A. Phil, well known for attracting young audiences, had drawn a lot...
Now that society has begun accepting gender as a matter of identity, might we not next adapt a similar flexibility to age identity? Let this week’s Los Angeles Philharmonic program of Sibelius’ last two symphonies cogently conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen serve as Exhibit A. The notion of “late style”...
The L.A. Phil's conductor laureate on Iceland's unique place in modern music, working with Sigur Rós, and his love of Foo Fighters.
Before the big news hit on Wednesday morning that Deborah Borda, after her long and successful run as the president and C.E.O of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, would be coming back to Gotham to take on the same responsibilities at the...Show More Summary
Zachary Woolfe has a conversation with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and composer/conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen about the new concerto the latter has written for the former.
L. A. Rhapsody. The New Yorker, March 20, 2017.
Esa-Pekka’s cello concerto for Yo-Yo premieres in Chicago on March 9, 10 and 11. photo: Todd Rosenberg
The composer/conductor has signed a rolling contract with the Philharmonia, where he will celebrate his tenth season as principal conductor and artistic advisor in 2017-28.
He could have been music director of the New York Philharmonic, if only Matthew VanBesien had offered him the job after fuelling speculation in the local media. But Esa-Pekka Salonen, coming up for 60, has now reached ten years as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor with the Philharmonia in London and he’s not going anywhere […]
During an interview on the BBC last spring, Esa-Pekka Salonen described a recent dream he had of hearing an orchestra playing something unbelievably gorgeous. When he awoke, he excitedly told his wife that he had the opening for a cello concerto he was working on for Yo-Yo Ma. Still bleary-eyed,...
For five years beginning next month, Salonen will be the company’s first Artist-in-Association. “[He] will take on responsibilities as a conductor, composer, artistic advisor and ambassador. He will also act as an ambassador for the FNOB in developing new partnerships, and will mentor emerging Finnish conductors.”
The summer news drought is over. Finnish National Opera and Ballet has just announced that it has appointed composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to be Artist in Association, a newly created, five-year position. ‘In this capacity, Salonen will have a broad remit: conducting performances, introducing his compositions into the repertoire and acting as artistic advisor. The […]
The young French conductor, who turns 30 next month and who assisted both Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, succeeded David Zinman in Zurich in 2014. The decision not to renew Bringuier’s contract, which expires in 2018, was widely expected in the city. (in German; Google Translate version here)
Performing operas with cuts was common practice until the mid-20th century, as performing Shakespeare, for instance, is today. So, the argument goes, returning to the practice now is hardly as heretical as it might seem. “I don’t think we can any longer fail to hear what our audience is saying about length,” says Gockley.