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The Los Angeles Philharmonic plays at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Mickey Mouse? Can You Guess what connection the Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor might have with the lovable roodent?
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|Esa-Pekka Salonen was born June 30, 1958 in Helsinki, Finland.
He entered the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in 1973, studying horn. He later turned to studying composition.
|1819 - Ernst Ludwig Gerber, German organist and author of a dictionary of musicians, died.
1858 - Robert Browne Hall, American cornetist, bandmaster and march composer was born.
1892 - Laszlo Lajtha, Hungarian composer, was born in Budapest.
1917 - Lena Horne, American singer, was born. (See her works.)
1922 - Fiddlers Eck Robertson and Henry C. Gilliland made the first discs ever recorded by country musicians.
1943 - Florence Ballard of the Supremes was born.
1966 - The Supremes made the studio recording of You Keep Me Hangin' On
1985 - Yul Brynner gave his 4,625th and final performance in the musical The King and I.
(See his works.)
2001 - Country legend Chet Atkins, guitarist extraordinaire, died.
|Salonen originally saw composiing as his career. He saw himself as a conducting composer. He wrote his first major orchestral work was called Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra in 1980/81. He was in Milan studying with Niccolò Castiglioni at the time. Salonen's second orchestral work Giro is also from this time. In 1983 Salonen undertook a performance of Mahler's Third Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. Overnight he became a composing conductor. But Salonen would not produce another major orchestral piece for more than 10 years.
He composed Floof in 1982. It is a work for soprano and 5 players based on texts by the Polish science-fiction writer Stanislaw Lem. Pekka completely revised the work in 1990. It won the UNESCO Rostrum Prize in 1992.
Highly successful performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1989 led to Salonen's invitation to become the orchestra's music director. He took post in 1992, becoming the orchestra's youngest music director. In 1996 the orchestra commissioned him to produce a major orchestral work. L.A. Variations premiered in January, 1997.
In July 1993, Salonen became the first conductor to be awarded the prestigiuous Siena Prize from Accademia Chigiana. He has also been awarded the Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres from France, the Literis & Artibus from the King of Sweden, and the Pro Finlandia from the Finnish government. He was also named Conductor of the Year by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London twice.
Salonen is known for his 20th century music performances, and praised for interpretations of Haydn, Mahler, and Beethoven. He and Joshua Bell recorded Congliano's violin concerto for the film The Red Violin.
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