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Esa-Pekka Salonen in conversation

Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Best known as a conductor, he’s currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Salonen is also a major composer.

This weekend offers the Barbican audience a chance to explore his creativity in a wide variety of his music. Through film, concerts and a public conversation, Salonen the composer is revealed.

Esa-Pekka Salonen was chosen by Apple as the face of a major advertising campaign for the iPad Air making him one of the coolest people in classical music. Find out why in conversation with the man himself.


Esa-Pekka Salonen rehearsing in london

Barbican Meets: Esa-Pekka Salonen

As the subject of our 2017–18 Composer Focus, Esa-Pekka’s music is at the core of our programme celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence. Ahead of his concerts, we put the focus on him to find out more about his career to date.

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