Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Esa-Pekka Salonen
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Esa-Pekka Salonen (born June 30th, 1958, in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish conductor and composer. He was Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London (2008-2017), Conductor Laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Composer-In-Residence at the New York Philharmonic. He is musical-director designate (2020) of the San Francisco Symphony.

He studied horn and composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and conducting with Jorma Panula. One of his classmates was the composer Magnus Lindberg with whom Salonen formed the groups Korvat auki and Toimii. Later on Salonen studied with the composers Franco Donatoni, Niccolò Castiglioni and Einojuhani Rautavaara.

His first conducting experience was in 1979 with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1983, he replaced an indisposed Michael Tilson Thomas to conduct a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the Philharmonia Orchestra at very short notice, and it launched his career as a conductor. He was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia from 1985 to 1994.

Salonen was Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1985-1995. He made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1984 and has conducted the orchestra in every season since. In 1992 Salonen became orchestra's tenth Music Director. After 2008-2009 season, Gustavo Dudamel took over his post. Salonen intends to focus on composing and opera.

He is married to violinist Jane Price and they have three children. They reside in Los Angeles, California.
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PAN LP 005 Esa-Pekka Salonen - New Finnish Music 5: Music For 1 To 24 Horns album art Jarmo Sermilä, Usko Meriläinen, Eero Hämeenniemi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herman Rechberger Jarmo Sermilä, Usko Meriläinen, Eero Hämeenniemi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herman Rechberger - New Finnish Music 5: Music For 1 To 24 Horns(LP) PAN (18) PAN LP 005 Finland 1982 Sell This Version
LP-285 Esa-Pekka Salonen - A Swedish Serenade album art Dag Wirén, Lars-Erik Larsson, Lille Bror Söderlundh, Ingvar Lidholm, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Esa-Pekka Salonen Dag Wirén, Lars-Erik Larsson, Lille Bror Söderlundh, Ingvar Lidholm, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Esa-Pekka Salonen - A Swedish Serenade (Album) BIS LP-285 Sweden 1984 Sell This Version
AVANTI! LP-1 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Avanti! album art Avanti! Chamber Orchestra*, Salonen*, Saraste*, Ravel*, Strauss* Avanti! Chamber Orchestra*, Salonen*, Saraste*, Ravel*, Strauss* - Avanti!(LP) Not On Label (Avanti! Self-Released) AVANTI! LP-1 Finland 1984 Sell This Version
412 552-2 Esa-Pekka Salonen - 1812 | Polovtsian Dances | Islamey album art Tchaikovsky*, Borodin*, Balakirev* - Symphonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Esa-Pekka Salonen Tchaikovsky*, Borodin*, Balakirev* - Symphonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Esa-Pekka Salonen - 1812 | Polovtsian Dances | Islamey (Album) Philips, Philips Digital Classics 412 552-2 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
IM 42093 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable"; Helios Overture album art Nielsen* : Esa-Pekka Salonen, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra* Nielsen* : Esa-Pekka Salonen, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra* - Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable"; Helios Overture (Album) CBS Masterworks IM 42093 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
M2K 42271 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Turangalîla-Symphonie / Symphony No. 3 album art Olivier Messiaen, Witold Lutoslawski, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Olivier Messiaen, Witold Lutoslawski, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra - Turangalîla-Symphonie / Symphony No. 3 (Album) CBS Masterworks M2K 42271 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
IMT 42096, IMT-42096 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Tomasi: Concerto For Trumpet And Orchestra / Jolivet: Concerto No. 2 For Trumpet - Concertino For Trumpet, String Orchestra And Piano album art Wynton Marsalis - Tomasi*, Jolivet* - Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen Wynton Marsalis - Tomasi*, Jolivet* - Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Tomasi: Concerto For Trumpet And Orchestra / Jolivet: Concerto No. 2 For Trumpet - Concertino For Trumpet, String Orchestra And Piano (Album) CBS Masterworks IMT 42096, IMT-42096 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
I2T 42126 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Olivier Messiaen Turangalila Symphonie #2 album art Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Olivier Messiaen Turangalila Symphonie #2(Cass, Album) CBS Masterworks I2T 42126 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
M 42366 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Symphony No. 5 ; Pohjola's Daughter (Symphonic Fantasia, Op. 49 album art Sibelius*, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen Sibelius*, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Symphony No. 5 ; Pohjola's Daughter (Symphonic Fantasia, Op. 49 (Album) CBS Masterworks M 42366 US 1987 Sell This Version
IM 42321 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Nielsen Symphony No. 1 album art Esa-Pekka Salonen, Nielsen*, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra*, New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra Esa-Pekka Salonen, Nielsen*, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra*, New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra - Nielsen Symphony No. 1 CBS Masterworks IM 42321 US 1987 Sell This Version
MK 44528 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Peer Gynt Excerpts From The Incidental Music album art Grieg* / Barbara Hendricks / Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra* / Esa-Pekka Salonen Grieg* / Barbara Hendricks / Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra* / Esa-Pekka Salonen - Peer Gynt Excerpts From The Incidental Music (Album) CBS Masterworks MK 44528 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
M 42662 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Romeo And Juliet (Excerpts) album art Prokofiev* / Berliner Philharmoniker - Esa-Pekka Salonen Prokofiev* / Berliner Philharmoniker - Esa-Pekka Salonen - Romeo And Juliet (Excerpts) (Album) CBS Masterworks M 42662 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
M2K 44762 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Des Canyons Aux Etoiles / Couleurs De La Cité Céleste / Oiseaux Exotiques album art Messiaen* - Paul Crossley (2), London Sinfonietta, Esa-Pekka Salonen Messiaen* - Paul Crossley (2), London Sinfonietta, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Des Canyons Aux Etoiles / Couleurs De La Cité Céleste / Oiseaux Exotiques (Album) CBS Masterworks M2K 44762 US 1988 Sell This Version
MK 44548 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Violin Concertos album art Cho-Liang Lin, Esa-Pekka Salonen / Sibelius*Nielsen* Cho-Liang Lin, Esa-Pekka Salonen / Sibelius*Nielsen* - Violin Concertos (Album) CBS Masterworks MK 44548 1988 Sell This Version
MK 44547 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Symphony No 5 / Masquerade (Overture • Prelude • Dance) album art Nielsen*, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra*, Esa-Pekka Salonen Nielsen*, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra*, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Symphony No 5 / Masquerade (Overture • Prelude • Dance) (Album) CBS Masterworks MK 44547 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
M 44934 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Symphony No. 2 "Four Temperaments" / Pan & Syrinx, Op. 49 / Aladdin Suite album art Nielsen*, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra*, Esa-Pekka Salonen Nielsen*, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra*, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Symphony No. 2 "Four Temperaments" / Pan & Syrinx, Op. 49 / Aladdin Suite (Album) CBS Masterworks M 44934 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
MK 44702 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Metamorphosen  album art Richard Strauss, New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen Richard Strauss, New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Metamorphosen (Album) CBS Masterworks MK 44702 US 1989 Sell This Version
MK 44917 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Firebird / Jeu De Cartes album art Stravinsky*, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen Stravinsky*, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Firebird / Jeu De Cartes (Album) CBS Masterworks MK 44917 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
AU 031454 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Mozart Variations And Fugue / A Romantic Suite album art Max Reger, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lothar Zagrosek Max Reger, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lothar Zagrosek - Mozart Variations And Fugue / A Romantic Suite Aurophon AU 031454 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
MHS 512351X Esa-Pekka Salonen - A Swedish Serenade album art Wirén*, Larsson*, Söderlundh*, Lidholm*The Stockholm Sinfonietta*, Esa-Pekka Salonen Wirén*, Larsson*, Söderlundh*, Lidholm*The Stockholm Sinfonietta*, Esa-Pekka Salonen - A Swedish Serenade(CD) Musical Heritage Society MHS 512351X US 1989 Sell This Version
FACD 366 Esa-Pekka Salonen - The Virtuoso Clarinet album art Kari Kriikku, Members Of The Avanti Chamber Orchestra* - Lindberg* · Salonen* · Koskelin* · Xenakis* · Donatoni* · Ambrosini* Kari Kriikku, Members Of The Avanti Chamber Orchestra* - Lindberg* · Salonen* · Koskelin* · Xenakis* · Donatoni* · Ambrosini* - The Virtuoso Clarinet(CD) Finlandia Records FACD 366 Finland 1989 Sell This Version
SK 45797 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Concerto For Piano & Wind Instruments / Capriccio For Piano & Orchestra / Movements For Piano & Orchestra / Symphonies Of Wind Instruments album art Stravinsky* - Paul Crossley (2), Esa-Pekka Salonen, London Sinfonietta Stravinsky* - Paul Crossley (2), Esa-Pekka Salonen, London Sinfonietta - Concerto For Piano & Wind Instruments / Capriccio For Piano & Orchestra / Movements For Piano & Orchestra / Symphonies Of Wind Instruments (Album) Sony Classical SK 45797 US 1990 Sell This Version
SD 45796 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Le Sacre Du Printemps / Symphony In Three Movements album art Igor Stravinsky, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen Igor Stravinsky, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Le Sacre Du Printemps / Symphony In Three Movements (Album) Sony Classical SD 45796 US 1990 Sell This Version
MSCD 626 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Serenad / Midvinter / Chitra album art Wilhelm Stenhammar, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Esa-Pekka Salonen Wilhelm Stenhammar, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Serenad / Midvinter / Chitra(CD) Musica Sveciae MSCD 626 Sweden 1990 Sell This Version
ODE 742-2 Esa-Pekka Salonen - Jeux album art Paavo Heininen, Usko Meriläinen, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Mikael Helasvuo, Ilmo Ranta Paavo Heininen, Usko Meriläinen, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Mikael Helasvuo, Ilmo Ranta - Jeux(CD) Ondine ODE 742-2 Finland 1990 Sell This Version