Esa-Pekka Salonen

Biography

Born: Jun 30, 1958; Finland  
Esa-Pekka Salonen emerged as one of the most exciting and fast-rising major conductors of the last two decades of the twentieth century. He entered the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki 1973, studying horn with Holgar Fransman. Having graduated in 1977, Salonen remained to take composition with Einojuhani Rautavaara and conducting with Jorma Panula. He also studied composition with Franco Donatoni in Siena, attended the summer course at Darmstadt, Read more and, from 1980 to 1981, studied with Niccolň Castiglioni.
Although he is primarily known as a conductor, Salonen views composition as his main career. His first large-scale orchestral work was the Concerto for saxophone & orchestra, "...Auf den esten Blick und ohne zu wissen" (1980-1981), based on Kafka's novel The Trial. His second orchestral work, Giro, dates from 1981.The following year, he composed Floof (revised in 1990), a bright work for soprano and ensemble based on texts by the Polish science-fiction writer Stanislaw Lem. This work won the UNESCO Rostrum Prize in 1992. During the 1980s, Salonen composed tape music and music with electronics and instruments combined. Works composed during this period include Baalal, a radiophonic piece, and Yta (Surface), a series of experimental compositions. Although Salonen's burgeoning conducting career somewhat slowed down his composition output, he continued developing as a composer. His 1996 orchestral piece, L.A. Variations, received its triumphant premiere at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1997. The following year, he wrote Gambit, an orchestral work dedicated to Magnus Lindberg. In 1999, he completed Five Images after Sappho, a song cycle for soprano and small ensemble. Salonen's music employs up-to-date compositional techniques within a central tonality. Other significant works include Wing on Wing for orchestra and two sopranos (2004) and a Piano Concerto (2007) written for Yefim Bronfman.
Salonen started appearing as a horn soloist and guest conductor beginning in 1982. His conducting career took off in 1983, following his sensational London debut with the Philharmonia. Salonen made his American debut conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1984. He received a record contract with CBS Masterworks (now Sony Classical), as well as the position of principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia (1985-1994).
One of his early projects with Sony was a recording of Messiaen's Turangalila and Lutoslawski's Symphony No. 3, the latter a world premiere recording that won a Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Record in 1985. He took a second award in 1989 with the Sibelius and Nielsen violin concertos, featuring Cho-Liang Lin as soloist, and won further awards with the complete Stravinsky works for piano and orchestra, with Paul Crossley as soloist.
As a result of his highly successful performances with the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in 1989, Salonen was invited to become the orchestra's music director. He assumed that post in 1992, becoming the orchestra's youngest music director, and a successor to such luminaries as Zubin Mehta and Carlo Maria Giulini. Salonen has led the L.A. Philharmonic on major tours, also making a series of highly acclaimed recordings.
Salonen is known especially for his twentieth century music performances, though he is also praised for his interpretations of Haydn, Mahler, and Beethoven. In addition to established modern composers such as Bartók, Messiaen, Stravinsky, and Hindemith, he also frequently performs more recent masters such as Lutoslawski, Ligeti, Lindberg, Saariaho, and Corigliano, whose concerto from the film The Red Violin he recorded with violinist Joshua Bell. Read less
Esa-pekka Salonen In Rehearsal
Release Date: 08/30/2011   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4577   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps - 100th Anniversary Collectors Edition [20-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001780902 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Güher Pekinel,  Süher Pekinel  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Riccardo Chailly,  Pierre Boulez,  Valery Gergiev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 27.
    Out Of Nowhere - Salonen:  Violin Concerto, Nyx / Josefowicz, Salonen, Finnish Radio
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001752102 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Shostakovich: Orango Prologue, Symphony No 4 / Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001686802 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Janacek: The Makropulos Case / Salonen, Davies, Denoke, Ormiston, Reuter [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 709604 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Ryland Davies,  Linda Ormiston,  Jochen Schmeckenbecher,  Peter Hoare  ... 
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Janacek: The Makropulos Case / Salonen, Denoke, Reuter, Hoare, Very, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 709508 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Ales Briscein,  Jurgita Adamonyte,  Johan Reuter,  Raymond Very  ... 
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 31.
    The Claude Debussy Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 193179 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Gervase de Peyer,  Ann Murray,  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Leslie Caron  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Pierre Boulez,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Saariaho: Works for Orchestra
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1113 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Kaija Saariaho
    Performer:  John Storgĺrds,  Anu Komsi,  Jouko Laivuori,  Petteri Salomaa  ... 
    Conductor:  Hannu Lintu,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste,  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avanti Chamber Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    A Musical Portrait: Barbara Hendricks
    Label: Arte Verum   Catalog: 200 Release Date: 01/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Francis Poulenc,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen,  Barbara Hendricks,  Love Derwinger,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Love Derwinger,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  James Conlon,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnus Lindgren Quartett,  Drottingholm Baroque ensemble
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  • 34.
    Mahler Symphony No 6 / Salonen, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 275 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Esa-pekka Salonen In Rehearsal
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4577 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Hillborg: Eleven Gates / Oramo, Gilbert, Salonen, Stockholm Philharmonic
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1406 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anders Hillborg
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo,  Alan Gilbert,  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony / Salonen
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66281 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Tristan Murail,  Paul Crossley
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Magnus Lindberg: Orchestral Music / Saraste, Oramo, Salonen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1110-2 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Magnus Lindberg
    Performer:  Esa Tapani
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avanti Chamber Orchestra,  Toimii Ensemble,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Echoes Of Time / Batiashvili, Salonen,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001520302 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Giya Kancheli,  Arvo Pärt,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili,  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Arvo Part: Symphony No 4 / Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001466302 Release Date: 09/07/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Salonen, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 188 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
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  • 42.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Salonen, Philharmonia
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 193 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 43.
    The Red Violin - Music From The Motion Picture / Bell, Salonen
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 760863 Release Date: 03/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Corigliano
    Performer:  Alexys Schwartz,  Joshua Bell
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
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  • 44.
    Schoenberg: Gurrelieder / Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 173 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Barbara Sukowa,  Ralf Lukas,  Stig Andersen,  Andreas Conrad  ... 
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Voices,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Nielsen: Symphony No 1, Little Suite / Esa-pekka Salonen
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42321 Release Date: 09/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Ultimate Classical Spectacular - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001274702 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Loveday,  Christopher Warren-Green
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Charles Dutoit
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  • 47.
    Salonen: Helix, Piano Concerto, Dichotomie / Yefim Bronfman, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4778103 Release Date: 04/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Bach Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742557 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  E. Power Biggs,  Andrea Marcon,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Eugene Ormandy,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  I Solisti di Zagreb  ... 
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  • 49.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Etc / Salonen, Bavarian Rso
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412552 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Mily Balakirev,  Alexander Borodin,  Mikhail Glinka
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 50.
    Schoenberg, Sibelius: Violin Concertos / Hilary Hahn, Esa-pekka Salonen, Swedish Radio So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001085802 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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