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

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Nelson,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Semkow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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  • 29.
    111 More Classic Tracks [6-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001483202 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Maurice André,  Stefan Askenase,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Karel Ancerl,  Hans Stadlmair,  John Nelson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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  • 36.
    Nielsen: Symphony No 1, Little Suite / Esa-pekka Salonen
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42321 Release Date: 09/24/2009   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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  • 37.
    Live At Verbier Festival - Salonen, Sibelius
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3078648 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra
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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    An Hour With Bach
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 729165 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Hilary Hahn,  Stefanie Haegele  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrea Marcon,  Eugene Ormandy,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    An Hour With Rachmaninov
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 731246 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Arcadi Volodos,  Shigeo Neriki,  János Starker  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird; The Rite Of Spring / Salonen, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 1376166 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    Sibelius: Symphony No 5, Finlandio / Salonen
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66234 Release Date: 04/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 47.
    The Essential Wynton Marsalis
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 709579 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Henry Purcell,  John Stanley  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis,  William Bennett,  Neil Black,  Lin Cho-Liang  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  Raymond Leppard,  John Nelson,  Esa-Pekka Salonen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    The Essential Joshua Bell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 707416 Release Date: 04/03/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Claude Debussy,  Karl Goldmark  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John Williams,  Frederic Chiu,  Simon Mulligan  ... 
    Conductor:  John Williams,  Michael Stern,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 49.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps;  Bartók, Etc  / Salonen
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000718236 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Hélčne Grimaud - Reflection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000690402 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Clara Wieck Schumann,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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