Esa-Pekka Salonen

Creatively Speaking
6:56 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Esa-Pekka Salonen: A 21st-Century Conductor And Composer

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen is best known for his fruitful 17-year tenure as the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, now led by Gustavo Dudamel. Together, with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Salonen is credited with putting the West Coast on the classical music map in an entirely new way. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the conductor will return to LA's Disney Hall later this year.

Deceptive Cadence
12:29 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Esa-Pekka Salonen's Excellent Violin Adventure

Composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen's award-winning Violin Concerto receives its debut recording.
Mat Hennek Deutsche Grammophon

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:42 am

After 17 years molding the Los Angeles Philharmonic into one of the smartest and most adventurous U.S. orchestras, music director Esa-Pekka Salonen called it quits in 2009. Among his reasons for leaving the ensemble was to devote more time to composing.

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Creatively Speaking
1:09 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

A Profile of Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Clive Barda

David Patrick Stearns profiles acclaimed Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. As a composer, Salonen is quoted saying "Musical expression is bodily expression, there is no abstract cerebral expression in my opinion. It all comes out of the body." As a conductor he has simply stated that the primary reason he took up conducting was to ensure that someone would conduct his own compositions.  He is currently principal conductor and artistic advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Creatively Speaking
9:11 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Violinist Leila Josefowicz

WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with violinist Leila Josefowicz ahead of concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Creatively Speaking
11:50 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen

David Patrick Stearns profiles the composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.