January 27, 2015

Esa-Pekka Salonen named composer-in-residence for New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic has chosen composer Esa-Pekka Salonen as its composer-in-residence.
The New York Philharmonic has chosen composer Esa-Pekka Salonen as its composer-in-residence.
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The composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen has been named The Marie-Josée Kravis composer-in-residence at the New York Philharmonic.

The news was revealed by the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

Salonen has previously created a piano concerto for the New York Philharmonic and has now agreed to a three-year appointment as its composer-in-residence. During this time, Salonen will compose at least two orchestral pieces.

The Philharmonic’s music director, Alan Gilbert, has expressed his willingness to conduct the compositions to be presented during Salonen’s residency. The premiere of his works will be heard in June 2016 at the NY Phil Biennial contemporary music festival, which Salonen is helping to plan.

Finnish composers have recently been securing excellent positions: Magnus Lindberg, for example, has also been New York Philharmonic’s composer-in-residence while Kaija Saariaho previously held the role at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In addition, Saariaho was recently commissioned to create an opera by the Royal Opera House, reports Helsingin Sanomat.  

In addition to his new role as composer-in-residence, Salonen will continue as principal conductor for the Philharmonic Orchestra in London until August 2017.

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