The Finnish conductor, presently occupied with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and a Ring cycle in Helsinki, has taken an extra job in his home town, Los Angeles.
Esa-Pekka, 60 will join the Colburn School faculty to develop and direct a pre-professional conducting programme acros the road from the LA Phil, where he used to be music director.
His students, known as Salonen Fellows, will receive full scholarships to cover tuition, room, and board at Colburn, along with personal mentoring in maestro moves.
‘It’s been a long-term hope of mine to develop something that offers hands-on experience for young conductors. What makes this special is the collaboration between the Philharmonia and the School, bridging the gap from Conservatory to professional music-making,’ says E-P.