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Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen is renowned as both composer and conductor. Currently music director of the San Francisco Symphony, he is conductor laureate of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He is highly sought-after as a guest conductor and works with some of the finest orchestras worldwide, including the Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre de Paris, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. Salonen co-founded – and from 2003 until 2018 served as the artistic director of – Stockholm’s annual Baltic Sea Festival. Both as conductor as well as composer, Esa-Pekka Salonen is known for his enthusiastic adoption of emerging technology. His projects have included the Philharmonia’s Virtual Orchestra, the award-winning RE-RITE and Universe of Sound immersive installations, and the much-hailed app for iPad, ‘The Orchestra’. In 2020, his interactive AI opera installation Laila, presented with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, was awarded the Fedora Digital Prize. Salonen’s compositions are inventive and cerebral, ranging from playful early works such as the UNESCO Rostrum Prize-winning Floof to the Grawemeyer Award-winning Violin Concerto. An extensive and varied discography, both as a conductor and composer, has brought him critical acclaim as well as numerous awards.

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