Inside tip: Esa-Pekka was never offered the New York Philharmonicmain
The Hollywood actress Holly Hunter has been telling Finnish television how sorry she is that the New York Philharmonic failed to sign Esa-Pekka Salonen as its next music director. ‘We didn’t get him, darn it,’ she says, hand clutched to heart.
Holly speaks on this video at 2:40. She calls him ‘one of the most brilliant conductors in the world’.
But here’s the nub.
Sipped Disc hears from an impeccable source that the New York Philharmonic never made a formal offer to Esa-Pekka to be its music director. After months of hype and a high level of support from the players, NY Phil president Matthew Van Besien did not put an offer to the conductor and his agent.
When no terms were offered, Esa-Pekka announced in two interviews that he wasn’t up for the job. That’s how New York lost him. Now it can be told.