Certainly the most discreet but yet one of the greatest conductors at present, Esa-Pekka Salonen is both composer and conductor. This is perhaps one of the reasons why the artist approaches each repertory with a different eye, always presenting a sense of rhythm and orchestral beauty. Both present in opera and concert, he certainly has favorite composers like Bartok, Sibelius, Stravinsky or John Adams (and many others) but also knows how to present an interpretation that offers fidelity and inventiveness to Beethoven or Wagner.
Spectators who have had the chance to hear the leader directing Tristan und Isolde of Wagner have the memory of an exceptional moment of beauty and intelligence. Having been Chief Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra which he led to the summit before entrusting it to Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen now leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in London but often flies around the globe to gather applause. Like the greatest, he often sets aside the conductor to make space for the sublime composer through his sensitivity. Esa-Pekka Salonen is a great conductor and a fascinating artist.
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From 30/4 to 3/5, Esa-Pekka Salonen is invited by the San Francisco Symphony to conduct Stravinsky’s Firebird, Ravel’s Mother Goose suite and Salonen’s Nyx