Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Since leaving the Los Angeles Philharmonic as music director and becoming the conductor laureate, Esa-Pekka Salonen has been sharing his talent with multiple regions of the world.
What Made Him Haute: Almost two decades ago, the Los Angeles Philharmonic took a chance on a young fellow from Finland who was at the beginning of his conducting career. Since then, the maestro has built an orchestra of the 21st century: vital, of our time, and in constant forward motion. His profound musical vision and legacy reaches far beyond Los Angeles. After stepping down as music director in 2009, he intends to devote more time to opera and composing.
What Makes Him Haute Now: Though Salonen is no longer the music director of the L.A. Philharmonic, he has been named the conductor laureate. He is also currently serving as the principal conductor and artistic advisor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Salonen recently conducted the first British performance of Arvo Pärt’s Fourth Symphony in honor of Pärt’s 75th birthday. In January he will bring the Philharmonic’s Infernal Dance: Inside the World of Béla Bartók Series to several European cities including Madrid, Paris, New York and Vienna. Not to mention he is set to perform at the Baltic Sea Festival, the Lucerne Festival and he will be featured in The New York Philharmonic’s National Radio Broadcast Series, hosted by Alec Baldwin. Salonen’s melodies seem to be ringing from all corners of the world as he spreads his musical genius to other regions.