Esa-Pekka Salonen: composing, conducting, experimenting

Posted on: February 17, 2016

In Sunday’s (2/14) Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed interviews Esa-Pekka Salonen, whose “immediate activity is the L.A. Phil’s ‘City of Light’ project, an investigation into French music of the 20th and 21st centuries that he has been undertaking for the last two years, first with the Philharmonia, the London orchestra of which he serves as principal conductor and artistic advisor, and also with the Chicago Symphony…. He has a three-year appointment as composer-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic,” although one commission for that orchestra “has been postponed. He will instead first complete a cello concerto for Yo-Yo Ma scheduled for next season, and he will move the orchestral score to the season after. He also has a commission from the Los Angeles Philharmonic for its centennial in 2018…. Salonen says he also wants classical music to have the flexibility to adapt to new technology…. Meaningful and effective ways of integrating disciplines are not simple, he says. ‘But I think it would be wrong to stop experimenting.’ ” Salonen also describes how the news of Pierre Boulez’s death in January affected him, and his views on the impact of long-range artistic planning on classical music.

Posted February 17, 2016