Salonen to London Philharmonia as Principal Conductor
By Martin Kettle
November 17, 2006
LONDON -- Esa-Pekka Salonen is to succeed Christoph von Dohnanyi
as principal conductor of London's Philharmonia Orchestra next
year; Dohnanyi makes his exit after ten years in the post.
Salonen is Musical America's 2006 Musician of the Year.
It was a last-minute podium appearance at the Philharmonia that
first put the conductor on the international map in 1983, when,
in his London debut, he took over conducting Mahler's Symphony
No. 3. It appears now that he is returning to his launch pad.
The new appointment is a "coup" for the Philharmonia, reports
the Guardian, because the New York Philharmonic has "made little
secret of wanting" his services. The Finnish conductor/composer
will remain at the helm of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
"His wide-ranging, non-traditional approach to his orchestras
make him the closest thing ...to Sir Simon Rattle. Short of
tempting Rattle back from the Berlin Philharmonic, it is hard
to think of a more exciting appointment for the Philharmonia to